Egyptian bean


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Egyptian bean perennial twining vine of Old World tropics having trifoliate leaves and racemes of fragrant purple pea-like flowers followed by maroon pods of edible seeds; grown as an ornamental and as a vegetable on the Indian subcontinent; sometimes placed in genus Dolichos
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Egyptian bean (Bot) The beanlike fruit of an aquatic plant (Nelumbium speciosum), somewhat resembling the water lily.
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In literature:

Rice, maize (an Egyptian variety), sugar, wheat, and beans are the staple crops.
"Commercial Geography" by Jacques W. Redway
They are enclosed in a framework of the flowers of the Egyptian bean, or of the lotus.
"Ancient Pagan and Modern Christian Symbolism With an Essay on Baal Worship, On The Assyrian Sacred "Grove," And Other" by Thomas Inman John Newton