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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

jack′ bean`(n.)

  1. a bushy tropical plant, Canavalia ensiformis, of the legume family, grown esp. for forage.

    Category: Plants

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. jack bean, wonder bean, giant stock bean, Canavalia ensiformis(noun)

    annual semi-erect bushy plant of tropical South America bearing long pods with white seeds grown especially for forage


  1. Canavalia pubescens

    Canavalia pubescens, commonly known as ʻĀwikiwiki or Lavafield Jack-bean, is a species of flowering plant in the legume family, Fabaceae, that is endemic to Hawaii. Its natural habitats are dry forests and low shrublands. It is threatened by habitat destruction, mainly due to introduced grazing mammals. The US Fish and Wildlife Service recently proposed to list this plant as an endangered species.


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