velvet bean

noun
a vine, Mucuna deeringiana, of the legume family, having long clusters of purplish flowers and densely hairy pods, grown in warm regions for forage or as an ornamental.

Origin:
1895–1900, Americanism

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velvet bean

noun
the annual woody vine of Asia having long clusters of purplish flowers and densely hairy pods; cultivated in southern United States for green manure and grazing [syn: cowage
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Fall armyworms, velvet bean caterpillars are on the increase in peanuts.
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