Entry from British & World English dictionary
Definition of tick bean in English:
A field bean of a variety with small rounded seeds, used for feeding to pigeons.
- 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.
Mid 18th century: so named from the resemblance of the seeds to dog ticks.
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