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

  • noun Any of various black-colored beans, especially.
  • noun A small black variety of the kidney bean, having cream-colored flesh and a sweet flavor, used in southern and Latin-American cuisine.
  • noun A fermented black soybean having a pungent salty flavor, preserved in salt and used in Asian cuisine.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A bean plant with black seeds.
  • noun A dried seed of a black bean plant.
  • noun A dried black seed of certain varieties of the common bean, Phaseolus vulgaris.
  • noun A fermented soybean, used in Asian cooking.
  • noun An Australian tree (Castanospermum australe), also called Moreton Bay chestnut.

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  • noun black-seeded bean of South America; usually dried


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