Definitions

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)

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • Alubia blanco is the kind of frijol that I most frequently cook.

    What's your favorite bean recipe

  • A Mexican friend here in Zacatecas a leading producer of beans (frijol) has pointed out the difference between frijol and frijoles.

    Frijol---Frijoles

  • Habas, which correctly should be just a type of frijol in México, are NOT Lima beans in Spain, but only the seed of a distantly related plant, the fava.

    Frijol---Frijoles

  • Because of this resemblence, Lima beans in México are called habas (although they are truly just a variety of frijol), and all other beans are called frijol.

    Frijol---Frijoles

  • I doubt if anyone has cataloged all the various types of frijol available in México and the rest of the Americas.

    Frijol---Frijoles

  • Some popular types of frijol commonly found in Mexico are:

    Frijol---Frijoles

  • Can't Post | Private Reply with all due respect, esperanza, judía IS EXACTLY the same as frijol!

    Frijol---Frijoles

  • Elsewhere in the Spanish-speaking world the word judía is used in place of frijol.

    Frijol---Frijoles

  • Greeting In some hispanic countries, judias is just the type of an specific frijol, as there are different type like; de Caritas, Negro, Blanco, Colorado, Garbanzos, Pintos, etc. Gerry Zaragemca

    Frijol---Frijoles

  • And for those interested in beans, ALL true beans originated in the Americas INCLUDING Lima beans, so should be called frijol in México.

    Frijol---Frijoles

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