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horsebeans (shrub)

horsebeans is a plural form of horsebean

horsebean (shrub)


a large shrub or shrubby tree having sharp spines and pinnate leaves with small deciduous leaflets and sweet-scented racemose yellow-orange flowers; grown as ornamentals, hedging, or emergency food for livestock; tropical America but naturalized in the southern United States


plant noun (plants and fungi)



Original source:

Princeton WordNet


Parkinsonia aculeata [species] | Jerusalem thorn | P. aculeata [abbreviation, species]

All senses of horsebeans...

Definition references  (+images)


Parkinsonia aculeata [species] | palo verde | Mexican palo verde | Parkinsonia | Jerusalem thorn | Ratama in Spain | jelly bean tree | Inga pyriformis [Jungh., species] | Mimosa pedunculata [Hunter, species] | ...

a species of perennial flowering tree in the pea family, Fabaceae. Common names include palo verde, Mexican palo verde, Parkinsonia, Jerusalem thorn, Ratama in Spain, and jelly bean tree. The genus name Parkinsonia honors the English botanist John ... (38 of 854 words, 8 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Parkinsonia aculeata

Britannica Encyclopedia:

palo verde [plant] | Parkinsonia aculeata [species]

any member of the genera Cercidium and Parkinsonia, of the pea family, comprising a small group of trees and shrubs scattered through the arid regions ... (25 of 190 words, 1 image)



Jerusalem thorn | Parkinsonia aculeata [species]

a widely cultivated tropical American spiny shrub or small tree of the legume family with pinnate leaves and showy racemose yellow flowers (22 of 38 words)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/jerusalem thorn

Oxford Dictionary:

Jerusalem thorn | Parkinsonia aculeata [species] | Leguminosae [family, member of]

a thorny tropical American tree of the pea family, grown as an ornamental (13 of 37 words)


Random House Dictionary:

Jerusalem thorn | Christ's-thorn [sense-specific] | Parkinsonia aculeata [species, sense-specific]

"Christ's-thorn" | a spiny tropical American tree of the legume family, having long clusters of large yellow flowers. (17 of 25 words, 2 definitions)


American Heritage Dictionary:

Jerusalem thorn | Parkinsonia aculeata [species]

A spiny tropical American tree "(Parkinsonia aculeata") having clusters of yellow flowers, green branches, and bipinnately compound leaves. (18 of 21 words)


New World Dictionary:

Jerusalem thorn | Parkinsonia aculeata [species, sense-specific]

a leguminous, tropical American tree having compound leaves and yellow, fragrant flowers: used for hedges | "Christ's-thorn" (16 of 20 words, 2 definitions)


Columbia Encyclopedia:

Jerusalem thorn

name for various plants, particularly the Christ's-thorn. (7 of 11 words)



Parkinsonia | Cercidiopsis [synonym] | Cercidium [synonym] | Peltophoropsis [synonym] | Rhetinophloeum - genera [synonym]

A taxonomic genus within the family Fabaceae -- the palo verde. (10 of 12 words)


Collins Dictionary:

shrub | shrublike [adjective, derived]

a woody perennial plant, smaller than a tree, with several major branches arising from near the base of the main stem | a mixed drink of rum, fruit ... (27 of 455 words, 3 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)


Cambridge Dictionary:


a large plant with a rounded shape formed from many small branches growing either directly from the ground or from a hard woody stem, grown in gardens (27 of 41 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)


Macmillan British Dictionary:

shrub [countable] | shrubs [plural]

a low thick bush, especially one that has been planted in a garden (13 of 38 words, pronunciation)


Encarta Dictionary:

Jerusalem thorn | Jerusalem thorns [plural] | Parkinsonia aculeata [species]

a thorny leguminous bush. Flowers: yellow, in long clusters. Native to: tropical America. (13 of 30 words)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861623077​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

the Free Dictionary:


Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "horsebean"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "horsebean"


Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:


Audio: North American pronunciation of "horsebean"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=horseb​02 word=horsebean

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