from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An annual plant (Phaseolus vulgaris) cultivated in many forms for its edible pods and seeds.
- n. The pod or seed of this plant.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A variety of common bean, Phaseolus vulgaris, with a dark-red skin.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a sort of bean; -- so named from its shape. It is of the genus Phaseolus (Phaseolus vulgaris). See under Bean.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A leguminous plant of the genus Phascolus, especially Phaseolus vulgaris, the common twining kidneybean of the gardens, also called French bean and haricot (see cut under haricot): so called from the shape of the seeds.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. large dark red bean; usually dried
- n. the common bean plant grown for the beans rather than the pods (especially a variety with large red kidney-shaped beans)
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I am just as thunderstruck as my son, Bevan Jake, had been when he was two years old and, at playschool, his dry, red kidney bean had exploded from the dirt in a Dixie cup into a tender two-leaf shoot.