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the stem of a bean plant.
Contemporary Examples

Offhand, I can think of two Jacks—Jack of “Jack and the beanstalk,” and Jack the Ripper, who cut quite a figure in his day.
Harvey Weinstein’s Battle With Warner Bros. Over ‘The Butler’: There’s History Marlow Stern July 11, 2013

Mr. Tall” is sort of “Jack and the beanstalk,” and that started to talk to “Jack and the Mad Dog.
Tony Earley’s Imaginary Friends Mindy Farabee September 1, 2014

And later, when the giant tries to climb after Jack, the beanstalk has to be chopped down pronto.
Only Six Books: Excerpt From Jeanette Winterson’s New Memoir Jeanette Winterson March 6, 2012

Historical Examples

The others made haste to follow him and were soon gathered gravely at the foot of the beanstalk.
The Royal Book of Oz L. Frank Baum

In my own I can only say that Jack’s beanstalk was a backward plant in comparison.
Love Among the Chickens P. G. Wodehouse

Jack had no sooner reached the ground than he cut the beanstalk right in two.
Childhood’s Favorites and Fairy Stories Various

Jack and the beanstalk is the eleventh of the series, and the best.
Punch, or the London Charivari Volume 98, January 4, 1890 Various

He became thoughtful, would arise at the first dawn of day, and would view the beanstalk for hours together.
Folk-lore and legends: English Charles John Tibbits

By my power the beanstalk grew to so great a height and formed a ladder.
Folk-lore and legends: English Charles John Tibbits

And he has grown up his own beanstalk, he says, and that is what makes him so tall.
Hildegarde’s Harvest Laura E. Richards

the stem of a bean plant


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