from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An annual Old World plant (Vicia faba) in the pea family, having pinnately compound leaves, white flowers with lateral purplish blotches, and long thick pods.
  • n. The edible seed or green pod of this plant. It is the bean of antiquity.

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  • n. An edible bean that has broad seeds.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a bean plant cultivated for use animal fodder
  • n. seed of the broad-bean plant
  • n. shell beans cooked as lima beans
  • n. Old World upright plant grown especially for its large flat edible seeds but also as fodder


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