American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A twining vine (Dolichos lablab) of the Old World tropics, having purple or white flowers and edible pods and seeds. Also called lablab.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) a climbing leguminous plant (Dolichos Lablab), related to the true bean. It has dark purple flowers and fruit.
- n. perennial twining vine of Old World tropics having trifoliate leaves and racemes of fragrant purple pea-like 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
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