Definitions

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

  • n. Any of several varieties of a tropical American plant (Phaseolus limensis) having flat pods containing large, light green, edible seeds.
  • n. The seed of this plant.

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  • n. The butter bean, Phaseolus lunatus.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The seed of this plant, much used for food.

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  • n. broad flat beans simmered gently; never eaten raw
  • n. bush or tall-growing bean plant having large flat edible seeds
  • n. bush bean plant cultivated especially in southern United States having small flat edible seeds

Etymologies

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

After Lima , Peru.

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Named after the city of Lima, from which they were exported.

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