bonavist

bonavist

[bon-uh-vist]

Origin:
1690–1700; < Italian buonavista good sight. See bonus, vista

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bonavist

noun
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 [syn: hyacinth bean
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