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      n : perennial twining vine of Old World tropics having
          trifoliate leaves and racemes of fragrant purple pealike
          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, Indian bean, Egyptian bean, Lablab purpureus,
           Dolichos lablab]