butterfly-pea

butterfly pea

noun
any of several leguminous plants of the genus Clitoria, as C. mariana, of North America, having pale-blue flowers.

Origin:
1855–60, Americanism

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butterfly pea

noun
1. vine of tropical Asia having pinnate leaves and bright blue flowers with yellow centers [syn: blue pea
2. large-flowered wild twining vine of southeastern and central United States having pale blue flowers 
3. large-flowered weakly twining or prostrate vine of New Jersey to tropical eastern North America, sometimes cultivated for its purple and white flowers 
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