from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Southwestern U.S. A bean cultivated and used for food.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- In Mexico, the southwestern United States, and the West Indies, any cultivated bean of the genus Phaseolus, esp. the black seed of a variety of P. vulgaris.
- The beanlike seed of any of several related plants, as the cowpea. Frijoles are an important article of diet among Spanish-American peoples, being used as an ingredient of many dishes.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the common bean plant grown for the beans rather than the pods (especially a variety with large red kidney-shaped beans)
Spanish, variant of fréjol, from Old Spanish frisol, from Catalan fesol, from Latin phaseolus, diminutive of phasēlus, a type of legume, from Greek phasēlos.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)