velvet bean


: cowhage
especially : a cowhage (Mucuna pruriens var. utilis) that is sometimes grown in the southern U.S. for green manure and grazing
: the seed of the velvet bean that is often used as feed for livestock (such as cattle and hogs)

Example Sentences

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Word History

First Known Use

1898, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of velvet bean was in 1898

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Cite this Entry

“Velvet bean.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

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