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screw bean (mesquite)


a shrub or small tree of the southwestern United States and of northwestern Mexico having spirally twisted pods


plant noun (plants and fungi)


screw beans

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Princeton WordNet


Prosopis pubescens [species] | screwbean | screwbean mesquite | tornillo | P. pubescens [abbreviation, species]

All senses of screw bean...

Definition references  (+images)


Prosopis pubescens [species] | Screwbean Mesquite | Tornillo

a species of flowering shrub or small tree in the pea family, Fabaceae, that is native to the southwestern United States and northern Mexico. This plant grows to about 7 m. It has light brown bark, usually short, straight spines 1 to 3 centimeters... (44 of 511 words, 3 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Prosopis pubescens


tornillo | tornillos [plural] | Prosopis pubescens [species, sense-specific]

A small tree native to Mexico and parts of the United States that has spirally twisted pods; the screw bean | [geology] A low-frequency seismic event associated with volcanoes (28 of 31 words, 2 definitions, 1 image)



screwbean | tornillo [sense-specific] | tornillos [sense-specific, plural] | screwbean mesquite [sense-specific] | Prosopis pubescens [species, sense-specific]

a leguminous shrub or small tree of the southwestern United States and northern Mexico having spirally twisted pods with sweet pulp | the pod of the ... (25 of 45 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)


American Heritage Dictionary:

screw bean | tornillo | tornillos [plural] | Prosopis pubescens [species, sense-specific]

A shrub or small tree "(Prosopis pubescens") of the southwest United States ... | The pod of this plant. (18 of 44 words, 2 definitions)


Random House Dictionary:

screw bean | tornillo [synonym, sense-specific] | Prosopis pubescens [species, sense-specific]

a tree of the legume family, native to the southwestern U.S., bearing twisted pods used as fodder. | the pod itself. (20 of 29 words, 2 definitions)


New World Dictionary:

screw bean [United States] | tornillo [United States] | tornillos [United States] | Prosopis pubescens [species, sense-specific]

the spirally twisted pod growing on a mesquite tree of the southwestern U.S., often used for fodder | this tree (19 of 24 words, 2 definitions)


Collins Dictionary:


a small tree or shrub of the south-western United States that has edible pods (14 of 178 words, pronunciation)


Britannica Encyclopedia:

mesquite [plant]

any of the spiny, deep-rooted shrubs or small trees constituting the genus Prosopis of the pea family. They form extensive thickets in areas from ... (24 of 178 words, 1 image)


Columbia Encyclopedia:


any plant of the genus "Prosopis", leguminous spiny trees or shrubs of the family Leguminosae (pulse family), native to tropical and subtropical ... (22 of 180 words, pronunciation)


Oxford Dictionary:


a spiny tree or shrub of the pea family, native to arid regions of south-western United States and Mexico. It yields timber, tanbark, medicinal ... (24 of 59 words, pronunciation)


Encarta Dictionary:

screw bean | screw beans [plural] | tornillo [plants, hispanic] | tornillos [plants, hispanic, plural]

a bush of the legume family that produces twisted pods. Native to: southwestern United States, Mexico. Latin name Prosopis pubescens. | a pod of the ... (24 of 48 words, 2 definitions)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861709687​/definition​.html  [offline]

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:


Audio: North American pronunciation of "screwbean"

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