from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A thin pole used to support bean vines.
  • noun Informal A very tall, thin person.

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  • noun A thin pole for supporting bean vines.
  • noun informal A tall, thin person.


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  • Guess it makes sense, since a beanpole must also be slender and thin, in order to facilitate growth.

    March 30, 2012