from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A form of kidney bean that is grown for its mottled seeds, chiefly in the southwest United States and northern Mexico.

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  • noun US, usually in plural One of several varieties of common bean, Phaseolus vulgaris, common in the US and Mexico.

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  • noun mottled or spotted bean of southwestern United States; usually dried


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From Spanish (frijol ("bean")) pinto ("painted"), named for its mottled skin.


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