velvet bean


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)

Examples of velvet bean in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One approach that’s been especially fruitful for zeroing in on non-histamine itch is to poke people with tiny hairs (or spicules) from a tropical plant called cowhage, or velvet bean. Katherine Harmon Courage, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of velvet bean

1898, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Velvet bean.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Oct. 2021.

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