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

  • n. See string bean.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The immature pods of any kind of bean plant, eaten as a vegetable.
  • n. The immature pods of numerous varieties of the common bean, Phaseolus vulgaris.

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

  • n. immature bean pod eaten as a vegetable
  • n. a common bean plant cultivated for its slender green edible pods


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  • A salve made of lard, resin, and beeswax was used to soothe burns; smartweed steeped in vinegar was applied to bruises; lard mixed with the leaves of the green bean yielded an ointment for open sores.

    Angel in the Whirlwind

  • “Starting with you, Spammy,” Georgia frowned and gently stood the mangled green bean vines back against the wire frame she was using to train the plants to grow upward, thus saving space.

    Moon Dance


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