screw bean

screw bean

noun
1.
a tree, Prosopis pubescens, of the legume family, native to the southwestern U.S., bearing twisted pods used as fodder.
2.
the pod itself.
Also called tornillo.


Origin:
1865–70, Americanism

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screw bean

noun
1. spirally twisted sweet pod of screwbean mesquite that is used for fodder or ground into meal for feed 
2. shrub or small tree of southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico having spirally twisted pods 
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