broad bean
noun Date: 1783 the large flat edible seed of an Old World upright vetch (Vicia faba); also this plant widely grown for its seeds and as fodder — called also fava beancompare favism

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • broad bean — brȯd .bēn n the large flat edible seed of an Old World upright vetch (Vicia faba) also this plant widely grown for its seeds and as fodder called also fava bean see FAVISM * * * 1. Vicia faba. 2. the seed of V. faba …   Medical dictionary

  • broad bean — [ US ˈ. .] n BrE a round pale green bean …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • broad bean — noun count BRITISH a large flat bean with a pale green skin …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • broad bean — broad′ bean n. pln fava bean • Etymology: 1775–85 …   From formal English to slang

  • broad bean — ► NOUN ▪ a large flat green bean which is usually eaten without the pod …   English terms dictionary

  • broad bean — n. a plant (Vicia faba) of the pea family, bearing large, broad pods with flat, edible seeds, used for fodder and as a vegetable * * * …   Universalium

  • broad bean — n. a plant (Vicia faba) of the pea family, bearing large, broad pods with flat, edible seeds, used for fodder and as a vegetable …   English World dictionary

  • 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

  • broad-bean — noun Old World upright plant grown especially for its large flat edible seeds but also as fodder • Syn: ↑broad bean, ↑broad bean plant, ↑English bean, ↑European bean, ↑field bean, ↑Vicia faba • Hypernyms: ↑shell bean, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • broad bean — noun An edible bean that has broad seeds. The term Bean originally referred to the seed of the broad bean. Syn: horse bean, fava bean, faba bean, field bean, tic bean …   Wiktionary

  • broad bean — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms broad bean : singular broad bean plural broad beans British a large flat bean with a pale green skin …   English dictionary

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