I. noun Etymology: Middle English bene, from Old English bēan; akin to Old High German bōna bean Date: before 12th century 1. a. broad bean b. the seed of any of various erect or climbing plants (as of the genera Phaseolus and Vigna) of the legume family other than the broad bean c. a plant bearing beans d. an immature bean pod used as a vegetable 2. a. a valueless item b. plural the least amount <
didn't know beans about it
3. any of various seeds or fruits that resemble beans or bean pods <
coffee beans
; also a plant producing these 4. a. plural exuberance — used in the phrase full of beans b. plural nonsense, bunkum — used in the phrase full of beans 5. head, brain 6. a protuberance on the upper mandible of waterfowl — see duck illustration II. transitive verb Date: 1910 to strike (a person) on the head with an object

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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