English Dictionary
◊ HYACINTH BEAN
hyacinth bean
n : perennial twining vine of Old World tropics having
trifoliate leaves and racemes of fragrant purple pealike
flowers followed by maroon pods of edible seeds; grown as
an ornamental and as a vegetable on the Indian
subcontinent; sometimes placed in genus Dolichos [syn: {bonavist},
{Indian bean}, {Egyptian bean}, {Lablab purpureus}, {Dolichos
lablab}]