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 for Egyptian bean
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Egyptian \E*gyp"tian\, a. [L. Aegyptius, Gr. ?, fr. ? (L.
     Aegyptus) Egypt: cf. F. ['e]gyptien. Cf. Gypsy.]
     Pertaining to Egypt, in Africa.
     [1913 Webster]
     Egyptian bean. (Bot.)
     (a) The beanlike fruit of an aquatic plant ({Nelumbium
         speciosum), somewhat resembling the water lily.
     (b) See under Bean, 1.
     Egyptian cross. See Illust. (No. 6) of Cross.
     Egyptian+thorn+(Bot.),+a+medium-sized+tree+({Acacia+vera">Egyptian thorn (Bot.), a medium-sized tree ({Acacia vera).
        It is one of the chief sources of the best gum arabic.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  Egyptian bean
      n 1: perennial twining vine of Old World tropics having
           trifoliate leaves and racemes of fragrant purple pea-like
           flowers followed by maroon pods of edible seeds; grown as
           an ornamental and as a vegetable on the Indian
           subcontinent; sometimes placed in genus Dolichos [syn:
           hyacinth bean, bonavist, Indian bean, Egyptian
           bean, Lablab purpureus, Dolichos lablab]

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