velvet bean

noun

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 It's formulated with top notch ingredients including taurine, L-theanine, alpha GPC, huperzine A, velvet bean, and DHA. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 2 Nov. 2022 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, Discover Magazine, 27 Nov. 2020 Neurohacker Collective Qualia Mind is loaded with premium ingredients like B vitamins, Bacopa monnieri, L-theanine, taurine, velvet bean extract, phosphatidylserine, ginkgo biloba, and others. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 1 Nov. 2022

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'velvet bean.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

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

Dictionary Entries Near velvet bean

Cite this Entry

“Velvet bean.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/velvet%20bean. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!