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The stem of a bean plant, proverbially fast-growing and tall.
- ‘The riches he found at the top of the beanstalk are all frittered away and, faced with the prospect of becoming just another agricultural statistic, the terrified animals are forced to flee into the forest.’
- ‘A witness told The People, ‘He plunged from the beanstalk and on to the stage with a huge thump.’’
- ‘Several families were harvesting bright yellow oca (a sweet potato), and the shore was dotted with wigwam-shaped piles of dark green haba beanstalks drying in the blinding afternoon sun.’
- ‘They won't grow into a mammoth beanstalk leading to a giant's castle and gold.’
- ‘For Jack, it was a magic bean that helped his beanstalk grow.’
- ‘Most months there is lima bean hay, which with its mature beans and full beanstalks resembles the goats' fibrous wild diet.’
- ‘There had been a beanstalk there once, but that had been cut down, and over the years an oak tree had grown there instead.’
- ‘A curious handsome hero, a giant, a wacky wizard, some magic beans and a massive beanstalk are all part and parcel of this panto in Cork.’
- ‘It was all about what happened when Jack found a beanstalk in his garden that grew there from some magic beans.’
- ‘Sets were well constructed and particularly effective were the scenes depicting the beanstalk growing - UV light and the shimmering silver of the sky at night, catching and reflecting the light around the hall.’
- ‘Once stones are matched up something ‘good’ or ‘lucky’ happens, such as a beanstalk sprouting up to the clouds or a treasure chest appearing somewhere on the map.’
- ‘To make a growth promoter, find a beanstalk growing like mad, clip the leaves at the top of vine (where all the growth is happening) and make a brew of the resident microbes.’
- ‘Pesky little deer nibbling at our pea flowers last week and they also found their way to the beanstalks cutting the buds off!’
- ‘This is the tree that Jack mistook for a beanstalk; once planted it never stops growing.’
- ‘The beanstalk that Jack planted grew really fast!’
- ‘I was told that if I planted these beans, a giant beanstalk would shoot up into the sky, as far as the human eye could see.’
- ‘They grow faster than beanstalks and instinctively they will incline toward the light.’
- ‘Ally was talking about what would happen if giant beanstalks really existed.’
- ‘The classic English fairy tale is embellished with elegant visual sweeps of the beanstalk and the castle in the sky.’
- ‘The mammoth tree, one of the tallest flowering plants alive, shoots up and up and up, disappearing into the sky like Jack's beanstalk.’
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