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tick bean

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Definition of tick bean in English:

noun

A field bean of a variety with small rounded seeds, used for feeding to pigeons.
Example sentences
  • Broad beans and their close relatives, the tick beans, are often grown as a green manure.
  • Use rye corn which is simply an extremely lush grass which is dug in when it's about half a metre high, or tick beans which are a type of broad bean.
  • Our softfood is given daily and consists of growrite, soaked oaks, two large carrots, ground up beanmeal and tick beans which we get from a local farmer.

Origin

mid 18th century: so named from the resemblance of the seeds to dog ticks.

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