Definition of lima bean in English:

lima bean

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Pronunciation: /ˈliːmə biːn
 
, ˈlʌɪmə biːn
 
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noun

  • 1An edible flat whitish bean. See also butter bean.
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    • Finish seeding bush snap beans, lima beans, sweet corn, winter and summer squash by early May to avoid heat damage.
    • Noontime dinners and evening suppers often include beef or chicken dishes, and vegetables in season from the family garden, such as peas, corn, green beans, lima beans, and carrots.
    • It wouldn't be so bad if saturated and trans fats were found only in beets, lima beans, sheep's milk and haggis.
  • 2The tropical American plant which yields lima beans.
    • Phaseolus lunatus (or limensis), family Leguminosae
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    • Sow southern peas when the soil is thoroughly warm, about the time that lima beans can be planted (or two weeks after the first corn goes in).
    • We caged either 100 or 200 pea aphids on a single lima bean plant with or without pods, with or without a single big-eyed bug, and with or without 20 corn earworm eggs.
    • Uninfested lima bean plants were cut and placed with the stem in water in a vial for 3 days in a climate room (23 1°C, 50-70% relative humdity, and 16 h: 8 h light: dark).

Origin

mid 18th century: lima from the name of the Peruvian capital Lima.

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