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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