screw bean


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n screw bean shrub or small tree of southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico having spirally twisted pods
    • n screw bean spirally twisted sweet pod of screwbean mesquite that is used for fodder or ground into meal for feed
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Screw bean See under Screw.
    • Screw bean (Bot) The curious spirally coiled pod of a leguminous tree (Prosopis pubescens) growing from Texas to California. It is used for fodder, and ground into meal by the Indians.
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In literature:

Mell searched the pocket, and found there a Tonquin bean, screwed up in a bit of paper.
"Nine Little Goslings" by Susan Coolidge
The screw-bean or screw-pod mesquite is a small slender-trunked tree with sharp spines at the bases of the hoary foliage.
"Trees Worth Knowing" by Julia Ellen Rogers