Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An annual twining plant (Phaseolus acutifolius) in the pea family that is native to the southwest United States and adjacent Mexico and bears long pods with edible seeds.
  • noun A seed of this plant.

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  • noun twining plant of southwestern United States and Mexico having roundish white or yellow or brown or black beans

Etymologies

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

[American Spanish tépari, from Ópata (Uto-Aztecan language of Sonora) or a kindred Uto-Aztecan source .]

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  • Native bean of Mexico and the SW US grown since pre-columbian times.

    August 27, 2009

  • For more about the etymology, see tepary.

    April 15, 2014