- n mucuna any of several erect or climbing woody plants of the genus Mucuna; widespread in tropics of both hemispheres
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n mucuna A genus of leguminous climbing herbs and shrubs of the tribe Phaseoleæ, characterized by showy flowers with the banner smaller than the wings or the acute keel, and anthers of two shapes. About 22 species are known, usually climbing high, natives of warm climates throughout the globe, with clusters of purplish or yellowish flowers, leaves of three leaflets, and fleshy pods, usually clothed with stinging hairs. The cowhage or cowitch of New South Wales is M. gigantea. For M. pruriens, see cowhage, 1.