This Indian word for “great or big” aptly describes the trucks little boys use to haul a mound of dirt around, a word that happens to be shared by a bean illegal in the U.S., but could very well be in your cupboard as an adulterant to another, quite legal bean. What is this word?
#106605. Asked by edmund80. (Jun 25 09 4:17 PM)
Welcome back, Edmund!|
"My hat's" off to you--my first thought was "Mahatma."
Apparently "Tonka" is Comanche for "great."
"Disney changed the name to Tonka,....short for Tonka Wakon, or the Great One."
My little brother loved his all-metal Tonka trucks! The company, founded in Mound, Minnesota, was originally called Mound Metalcraft.
The tonka bean is the seed of Dipteryx odorata, a legume tree in the neotropics, of the Fabaceae family.... The seed contains coumarin, which can be lethal in large doses."
It is sometimes used as a substitute for vanilla, which I personally never buy as a bean.
"Tonka" Schoen for a fun question!
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