velvet bean

noun

Definition of velvet bean

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

First Known Use of velvet bean

1898, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Velvet bean.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/velvet%20bean. Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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