from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a variety of the English or Windsor bean (Faba vulgaris), grown for feeding horses.
- n. The seed of the broad-bean plant.
- n. A large shrub or shrubby tree (Parkinsonia aculeata) having sharp spines and pinnate leaves with small deciduous leaflets and sweet-scented racemose yellow-orange flowers; grown as ornamentals or hedging or emergency food for livestock; originating in tropical America but naturalized in the Southern U. S.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A sort of bean so called from being fed to horses, or from its large size. The Jamaica horse-bean is Canavalia gladiata, having large legumes.
- n. In the southwestern United States, either of two species of palo verde, Parkinsonia aculeata and P. microphylla, the twigs of which are eaten by horses.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a bean plant cultivated for use animal fodder
- n. seed of the broad-bean plant
- n. large shrub or shrubby tree having sharp spines and pinnate leaves with small deciduous leaflets and sweet-scented racemose yellow-orange flowers; grown as ornamentals or hedging or emergency food for livestock; tropical America but naturalized in southern United States
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The sand-box tree of the West Indies has large round fruits, containing seeds about as big as an English horsebean; and the capsule explodes, when ripe, with a detonation like a pistol, scattering its contents with as much violence as a shot from an air-gun.