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mucuna Line breaks: mu¦cuna
Pronunciation: /mjuːˈkjuːnə/

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Definition of mucuna in English:


A tropical climbing bean plant.
  • Genus Mucuna, family Leguminosae: many species, especially the velvet bean, M. deeringiana, and M. pruriens, grown as a fodder plant and green manure
Example sentences
  • A more sedate game is maknim, in which the large seeds of the mucuna vine are set up in rows.
  • Here the whole community now grows mucuna in its fields and has begun a journey across a new frontier of thought - towards settled and sustainable agriculture.
  • In the 1930's two million acres of mucuna were planted in the United States to feed cattle.


Mid 19th century: via Portuguese from Tupi mucunán.

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