Definition of Bonavist
1. Noun. 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.
Group relationships: Genus Lablab, Lablab
Generic synonyms: Vine
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Literary usage of Bonavist
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. Forage Plants and Their Culture by Charles Vancouver Piper (1914)
"The adaptations of the bonavist are practically identical with those of the ... Like many other legumes, however, the bonavist is susceptible both to the ..."
2. The British poets, including translations by British poets (1822)
"14 bonavist.] This is the Spanish name of a plant which produces an excellent ... There are five sorts of bonavist, the green, the white, the moonshine, ..."
3. The Works of the English Poets, from Chaucer to Cowper: Including the Series by Alexander Chalmers, Samuel Johnson (1810)
"There let the bonavist, his fringed pod« Throw liberal o'er the prop; ... There are five sorts of bonavist, the green, the white, the moon-shine, ..."
4. Bulletin by United States Bureau of Plant Industry, Division of Plant Industry, Queensland (1907)
"Jam., 1:177), uses bonavist for Dolichos lablab. ... "Wherever the word "bonavist " in its various forms occurs with an identifiable description it refers ..."
5. The Cavaliers & Roundheads of Barbados, 1650-1652 by Nicholas Darnell Davis (1883)
"... cisterns, and still-house; with a carding house, lUO feet long and 40 feet wide; with stables, smiths' forge, and rooms for storing corn and bonavist. ..."
6. Chronological History of the West Indies by Thomas Southey (1827)
"... they were wont to eate as pota- colour: this woman would not be woo'd toes, bonavist, loblolly, as also of the bone by any means to weare cloaths. ..."