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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 of screw bean
1865-1870
1865-70, Americanism
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  • The screw-bean or screw-pod mesquite is a small slender-trunked tree with sharp spines at the bases of the hoary foliage.

    Trees Worth Knowing Julia Ellen Rogers

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