Definition of hyacinth bean in English:

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hyacinth bean

Entry from US English dictionary


A tropical Asian plant of the pea family, widely grown as an ornamental or for its edible seeds and pods and as a fodder crop.
  • Lablab purpureus (or Dolichos lablab), family Leguminosae.
Example sentences
  • Barlow says that when she grows hyacinth bean, its red-veined purple foliage and sweet pea-like purple or white flowers stop people in their tracks.
  • Plant quick-growing vines, such as morning glory or hyacinth bean, around the outside of the lattice.
  • Other common names for the lablab bean include bonavist bean, Egyptian bean, and hyacinth bean.

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Syllabification: hy·a·cinth bean

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