Definition of snap bean in English:

snap bean

Syllabification: snap bean


North American
  • A bean of a variety grown for its edible pods.
    More example sentences
    • Extend your harvest into fall by planting second crops of short-season vegetables, such as snap beans, peas, greens, radishes, cole crops, and turnips later in the season so they mature after you harvest the first crop.
    • Unlike dry beans, snap beans are eaten as flavorful, fleshy green pods.
    • These are snap beans right here; we plant about an acre each week and there are eleven varieties, one of which is a baby haricot vert.


late 18th century: so named because the pods are broken into pieces to be eaten.

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