Definition of Mackenzie bean in English:

Mackenzie bean

(also Mackenzie Bean, McKenzie Bean)

noun

  • A trailing plant, Canavalia rosea (or C. maritima) of the family Fabaceae (Leguminosae), which has edible seed pods and is found in north Australia and elsewhere in the tropics, especially on beaches.

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Ludwig Leichhardt (1813–?1848), natural scientist and explorer in Australia. From the name of the Mackenzie River in Central Queensland, Australia + bean.

Pronunciation

Mackenzie bean

/məˈkɛnzi ˌbiːn/