Definitions

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

  • n. An annual twining plant (Phaseolus acutifolius var. latifolius) of the southwest United States and adjacent Mexico, bearing edible beans.
  • n. The bean of this plant.

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

Etymologies

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  • For more about the etymology, see tepary.

    April 15, 2014

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

    August 27, 2009