Navy bean
Bean Bean (b[=e]n), n. [OE. bene, AS. be['a]n; akin to D. boon, G. bohne, OHG. p[=o]na, Icel. baun, Dan. b["o]nne, Sw. b["o]na, and perh. to Russ. bob, L. faba.] 1. (Bot.) A name given to the seed of certain leguminous herbs, chiefly of the genera {Faba}, {Phaseolus}, and {Dolichos}; also, to the herbs. [1913 Webster]

Note: The origin and classification of many kinds are still doubtful. Among true beans are: the black-eyed bean and China bean, included in {Dolichos Sinensis}; black Egyptian bean or hyacinth bean, {Dolichos Lablab}; the common haricot beans, kidney beans, string beans, and pole beans, all included in {Phaseolus vulgaris}; the lower bush bean, {Phaseolus vulgaris}, variety nanus; Lima bean, {Phaseolus lunatus}; Spanish bean and scarlet runner, {Phaseolus multiflorus}; Windsor bean, the common bean of England, {Faba vulgaris}. [1913 Webster] As an article of food beans are classed with vegetables. [1913 Webster]

2. The popular name of other vegetable seeds or fruits, more or less resembling true beans. [1913 Webster]

{Bean aphis} (Zo["o]l.), a plant louse ({Aphis fab[ae]}) which infests the bean plant.

{Bean fly} (Zo["o]l.), a fly found on bean flowers.

{Bean goose} (Zo["o]l.), a species of goose ({Anser segetum}).

{Bean weevil} (Zo["o]l.), a small weevil that in the larval state destroys beans. The American species is {Bruchus fab[ae]}.

{Florida bean} (Bot.), the seed of {Mucuna urens}, a West Indian plant. The seeds are washed up on the Florida shore, and are often polished and made into ornaments.

{Ignatius bean}, or {St. Ignatius's bean} (Bot.), a species of {Strychnos}.

{Navy bean}, the common dried white bean of commerce; probably so called because an important article of food in the navy.

{Pea bean}, a very small and highly esteemed variety of the edible white bean; -- so called from its size.

{Sacred bean}. See under {Sacred}.

{Screw bean}. See under {Screw}.

{Sea bean}. (a) Same as {Florida bean}. (b) A red bean of unknown species used for ornament.

{Tonquin bean}, or {Tonka bean}, the fragrant seed of {Dipteryx odorata}, a leguminous tree.

{Vanilla bean}. See under {Vanilla}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Navy bean — Navy Na vy; n.; pl. {Navies}. [ OF. navie, fr. L. navis ship. See {Nave} of a church.] 1. A fleet of ships; an assemblage of merchantmen, or so many as sail in company. The navy also of Hiram, that brought gold from Ophir. 1 kings x. 11. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • navy bean — ☆ navy bean n. [from common use in the U.S. Navy] a small, white variety of kidney bean, dried for use as a food …   English World dictionary

  • navy bean — navy ,bean noun count AMERICAN a small white bean. It is a type of kidney bean …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • navy bean — navy .bean n AmE a small white bean which is cooked and eaten, especially in ↑baked beans …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • navy bean — daržinė pupelė statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Pupinių šeimos daržovinis, maistinis, pašarinis, vaistinis nuodingas kultūrinis augalas (Phaseolus vulgaris), auginamas visame pasaulyje. atitikmenys: lot. Phaseolus compressus; Phaseolus… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • navy bean — daržinės pupelės tipinis varietetas statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Pupinių šeimos pašarinis, maistinis, vaistinis kultūrinis augalas (Phaseolus vulgaris var. vulgaris). atitikmenys: lot. Phaseolus vulgaris var. vulgaris angl. dwarf bean;… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • navy bean — na′vy bean n. pln a small, white kidney bean, dried for prolonged storage • Etymology: 1885–60, amer.; so called from wide use in the U.S. Navy …   From formal English to slang

  • navy bean — noun A white bean of a variety of common bean, Phaseolus vulgaris, Syn: haricot bean, white bean, pea bean …   Wiktionary

  • navy bean — noun white seeded bean; usually dried • Syn: ↑pea bean, ↑white bean • Hypernyms: ↑common bean …   Useful english dictionary

  • navy bean — a small, white bean, dried for prolonged storage and prepared for eating by soaking and cooking. [1885 60, Amer.; so called from wide use in the U.S. Navy] * * * …   Universalium

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