lima bean
noun Etymology: Lima, Peru Date: 1756 1. a. a bushy or tall-growing tropical American bean (Phaseolus limensis) that is widely cultivated for its flat edible usually pale green or whitish seeds b. sieva bean 2. the seed of a lima bean

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  • Lima bean — Lima Li ma (l[=e] m[.a] or l[imac] m[.a]), n. The capital city of Peru, in South America. [1913 Webster] {Lima bean}. (Bot.) (a) A variety of climbing or pole bean ({Phaseolus lunatus}), which has very large flattish seeds. (b) The seed of this… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lima bean — ► NOUN ▪ an edible flat whitish bean. ORIGIN from Lima, the capital of Peru …   English terms dictionary

  • lima bean — [lī′mə] n. [after LIMA, Peru: from being native to tropical America] [also L b ] 1. a common variety of bean (Phaseolus limensis), with creamy flowers and broad pods 2. the broad, flat, nutritious seed of this plant …   English World dictionary

  • lima bean — 1756, associated with LIMA (Cf. Lima), Peru, from which region the plant (Phaseolus lunatus) was introduced to Europe c.1500. Among the earliest New World crops to be known in the Old World, Simmonds Dictionary of Trade (1858) describes it as… …   Etymology dictionary

  • lima bean — n. 1 a tropical American bean plant, Phaseolus limensis, having large flat white edible seeds. 2 the seed of this plant. Etymology: Lima in Peru * * * lima bean [lima bean lima beans] [ˈliːmə biːn] [ˈliːmə biːn] noun (NAmE …   Useful english dictionary

  • Lima bean — lenktasėklė pupelė statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Pupinių šeimos daržovinis, maistinis, vaistinis kultūrinis augalas (Phaseolus lunatus). atitikmenys: lot. Phaseolus inamoenus; Phaseolus limensis; Phaseolus lunatus; Phaseolus lunatus var.… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • lima bean — UK [ˈlaɪmə biːn] / UK [ˈliːmə biːn] noun [countable] Word forms lima bean : singular lima bean plural lima beans a flat pale green bean that is grown in North and South America …   English dictionary

  • lima bean — /luy meuh/ 1. a bean, Phaseolus limensis, having a broad, flat, edible seed. 2. the seed, used for food. [1810 20; named after LIMA, Peru] * * *       any of a variety of legumes of the species Phaseolus limensis widely cultivated for their… …   Universalium

  • lima bean — li|ma bean [ˈli:mə bi:n US ˈlaı ] n [Date: 1700 1800; Origin: Lima in Peru] a round, flat light green bean that grows in America …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • lima bean — li′ma bean [[t]ˈlaɪ mə[/t]] n. 1) pln a bean, Phaseolus limensis, having a broad, flat, edible seed 2) pln the seed • Etymology: 1810–20; after Lima, Peru …   From formal English to slang

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