Definition of mucuna in English:



  • A tropical climbing bean plant.

    Genus Mucuna, family Leguminosae: many species, especially the velvet bean, M. deeringiana, and M. pruriens, grown as a fodder plant and green manure

    • ‘A more sedate game is maknim, in which the large seeds of the mucuna vine are set up in rows.’
    • ‘Here the whole community now grows mucuna in its fields and has begun a journey across a new frontier of thought - towards settled and sustainable agriculture.’
    • ‘In the 1930's two million acres of mucuna were planted in the United States to feed cattle.’
    • ‘The use of the mucuna bean also produces excellent compost and suppresses weeds, and the land never needs to be ploughed.’


Mid 19th century via Portuguese from Tupi mucunán.