Definition of tepary bean in English:

tepary bean

Syllabification: tep·a·ry bean
Pronunciation: /ˈtepərē ˌbēn


A bean plant native to the southwestern US, cultivated in Mexico and Arizona for its drought-resistant qualities.
  • Phaseolus acutifolius, family Leguminosae
More example sentences
  • The tepary bean has been introduced into parts of E. and W. Africa where arid conditions are suitable for it.
  • They began growing and cultivating tepary beans, and last year they harvested 10,000 pounds of the beans.


early 20th century: from Spanish tepari, from Pima.

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