One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A tropical climbing bean plant.
Genus Mucuna, family Leguminosae: many species, especially the velvet bean, M. deeringiana, and M. pruriens, grown as a fodder plant and green manure
- ‘The use of the mucuna bean also produces excellent compost and suppresses weeds, and the land never needs to be ploughed.’
- ‘A more sedate game is maknim, in which the large seeds of the mucuna vine are set up in rows.’
- ‘Here the whole community now grows mucuna in its fields and has begun a journey across a new frontier of thought - towards settled and sustainable agriculture.’
- ‘In the 1930's two million acres of mucuna were planted in the United States to feed cattle.’
Mid 19th century: via Portuguese from Tupi mucunán.
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