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bean US English

An edible seed, typically kidney-shaped, growing in long pods on certain leguminous plants

Bean, Roy US English

(Circa 1825–1903), US frontiersman; known as Judge Roy Bean. In 1882, he named himself justice of the peace in Val Verde County, Texas, where he held court in his saloon, the Jersey Lilly, so-named for actress Lillie Langtry

old bean US English

A friendly form of address, usually to a man

bean curd US English

Another term for tofu.

bush bean US English

A variety of bean plant whose bushy growth requires no support

fava bean US English

Another term for broad bean.

jack bean US English

An edible bean, or its edible pod, used especially as fodder in tropical countries

lima bean US English

An edible flat whitish bean

navy bean US English

A small white type of kidney bean

pea bean US English

A variety of kidney bean with small rounded seeds

pole bean US English

A variety of bean plant that climbs up a wall, tree, or trellis

snap bean US English

A bean of a variety grown for its edible pods

tick bean US English

A field bean of a variety with small rounded seeds, used for feeding to pigeons

wax bean US English

A dwarf bean of a variety with yellow, stringless pods

yam bean US English

A Central American climbing plant of the pea family, which has been cultivated for its edible tubers (jicama) since pre-Columbian times

bean goose US English

A grey goose with orange-yellow bill and legs, breeding in the arctic tundra of Lapland and Siberia and overwintering in parts of Europe and Asia

black bean US English

Either of two cultivated varieties of bean plant having small black seeds

broad bean US English

A large edible flat green bean that is typically eaten without the pod

butter bean US English

A lima bean, especially one of a variety with large flat white seeds that are usually dried

castor bean US English

The seed of the castor-oil plant. It contains a number of poisonous compounds, especially ricin, as well as castor oil

cocoa bean US English

A cacao seed

coffee bean US English

A beanlike seed of the coffee shrub

field bean US English

A bean plant closely related to the broad bean but with smaller seeds, grown to improve soil fertility and for stockfeed

French bean US English

A tropical American bean plant of which many varieties are commercially cultivated

green bean US English

The immature pod of any of various bean plants, eaten as a vegetable

jelly bean US English

A bean-shaped candy with a jellylike center and a firm sugar coating

kidney bean US English

A kidney-shaped bean, especially a dark red variety of the common bean plant Phaseolus vulgaris

lucky bean US English

A plant of the pea family which produces poisonous shiny scarlet beans with a black eye, sometimes used as amulets

pinto bean US English

A medium-sized speckled variety of kidney bean

runner bean US English

A Central American bean plant with scarlet flowers and very long flat edible pods

string bean US English

Any of various beans eaten in their fibrous pods, such as scarlet runners

sugar bean US English

A French bean of a reddish mottled variety widely eaten in South Africa

tepary bean US English

A bean plant native to the southwestern US, cultivated in Mexico and Arizona for its drought-resistant qualities

tonka bean US English

The black seed of a South American tree, which has a vanillalike fragrance. The dried beans are cured in rum or other alcohol and then used in perfumery and for scenting and flavoring tobacco, ice cream, and other products

winged bean US English

A tropical Asian pea plant that has four-sided pods with longitudinal flanges. The entire pod and the roots are edible and are noted for their high protein content

bean counter US English

A person, typically an accountant or bureaucrat, perceived as placing excessive emphasis on controlling expenditure and budgets

bean sprouts US English

The sprouting seeds of certain beans, especially mung beans, used in Asian cooking

borlotti bean US English

A type of kidney bean with a pink speckled skin that turns brown when cooked

Calabar bean US English

The poisonous seed of a tropical West African climbing plant, containing physostigmine and formerly used for tribal ordeals

cluster bean US English

Another term for guar.

hyacinth bean US English

A tropical Asian plant of the pea family, widely grown as an ornamental or for its edible seeds and pods and as a fodder crop

jumping bean US English

A plant seed that jumps as a result of the movement of a moth larva that is developing inside it

mesquite bean US English

An edible pod from the mesquite that can be eaten whole, used to produce flour, or fed to animals

cannellini bean US English

A kidney-shaped bean of a medium-sized, creamy-white variety

Baked Bean State US English

A nickname for the state of Massachusetts.


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