Definition of pichurim bean in English:

pichurim bean

(also pichurim nut)


  • The aromatic seed or cotyledon of the South American tree Nectandra pichurim (family Lauraceae), used medicinally and as a substitute for nutmeg; (also) the tree itself. Also: the seeds of any of several related trees now placed in the genera Licaria and Aniba.


Mid 19th century; earliest use found in John Loudon (1783–1843), landscape gardener and horticultural writer.