shell bean
noun Date: 1868 1. a bean grown primarily for its edible seeds — compare snap bean 2. the edible seed of a bean

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • shell bean — shell′ bean n. pln any bean grown chiefly for its edible seeds rather than its pods • Etymology: 1865–70, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • shell bean — noun 1. a bean plant grown primarily for its edible seed rather than its pod • Syn: ↑shell bean plant • Hypernyms: ↑bean, ↑bean plant • Hyponyms: ↑lima bean, ↑lima bean plant, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • shell bean — 1. any of various kinds of bean of which the unripe seeds are removed from the pods before cooking. 2. the seed itself. [1865 70, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

  • shell bean — /ˈʃɛl bin/ (say shel been) noun US 1. any of the various kinds of bean (plant) which are cultivated for their edible seeds. 2. the seed itself …   Australian English dictionary

  • shell bean plant — noun a bean plant grown primarily for its edible seed rather than its pod • Syn: ↑shell bean • Hypernyms: ↑bean, ↑bean plant • Hyponyms: ↑lima bean, ↑lima bean plant, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • green shell bean — green shell bean, 1. a variety of kidney bean that is picked when full grown, but before the edible seeds have ripened and turned hard. 2. the plant on which it grows …   Useful english dictionary

  • bean plant — noun any of various leguminous plants grown for their edible seeds and pods • Syn: ↑bean • Hypernyms: ↑legume, ↑leguminous plant • Hyponyms: ↑bush bean, ↑pole bean, ↑shell bean, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • bean — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. See vegetable. II (Roget s IV) n. 1. [A leguminous plant] Syn. legume, pulse, snap bean, shell bean, seed, pod, frijol (Spanish), haricot. Varieties include: kidney, navy, lima, soy, castor, black,… …   English dictionary for students

  • broad bean — noun 1. seed of the broad bean plant • Syn: ↑fava bean, ↑horsebean • Hypernyms: ↑bean • Part Holonyms: ↑broad bean, ↑broad bean plant, ↑English bean, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

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