hyacinth bean

noun
an Old World tropical vine, Dolichos lablab, of the legume family, having purple or white flowers and black or white seeds in a papery, beaked pod.
Also called bonavist, lablab.
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hyacinth bean

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 
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Hyacinth bean is an important food, forage, and medicinal plant.
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