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      n      another name for       tofu  
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bean  
      n  
1    any of various papilionaceous plants of the widely cultivated genus Phaseolus producing edible seeds in pods  
   See       French bean       lima bean       scarlet runner       string bean  
2    any of several other papilionaceous plants that bear edible pods or seeds, such as the broad bean and soya bean  
3    any of various other plants whose seeds are produced in pods or podlike fruits  
4    the seed or pod of any of these plants  
5    any of various beanlike seeds, such as coffee  
6      (U.S. and Canadian)  
slang      another word for       head  
7    not have a bean  
Slang   to be without money  
I haven't got a bean     
8    full of beans  
Informal  
a    full of energy and vitality  
b      (U.S.)   mistaken; erroneous  
9    spill the beans  
Informal   to disclose something confidential  
      vb  
10      (Chiefly U.S. and Canadian)  
slang   tr   to hit (a person) on the head  
     (Old English bean; related to Old Norse baun, Old Frisian bane, Old High German bona bean)  


adsuki bean  
      n      a variant spelling of       adzuki bean  
adzuki bean   , adsuki bean  
      n  
1    a papilionaceous plant, Phaseolus angularis, that has yellow flowers and pods containing edible brown seeds and is widely cultivated as a food crop in China and Japan  
2    the seed of this plant  
     (adzuki, from Japanese: red bean)  
arabica bean  
      n   a high-quality coffee bean, obtained from the tree Coffea arabica  
bean caper  
      n   a shrub, Zygophyllum fabago, of E Mediterranean regions, whose flower buds are eaten as a substitute for capers: family Zygophyllaceae  
bean-counter  
      n  
Informal   an accountant  
bean curd  
      n      another name for       tofu  
bean sprout  
      n   the sprout of a newly germinated mung bean, eaten as a vegetable, esp. in Chinese dishes  
bean tree  
      n   any of various trees having beanlike pods, such as the catalpa and carob  
black bean  
      n   an Australian leguminous tree, Castanospermum australe, having thin smooth bark and yellow or reddish flowers: used in furniture manufacture,   (Also called)    Moreton Bay chestnut  
borlotti bean  
      n   a variety of kidney bean with a pinkish-brown speckled skin that turns brown when cooked: grown in southern Europe, East Africa, and Taiwan  
     (from Italian, plural of borlotto kidney bean)  
broad bean  
      n  
1    an erect annual Eurasian bean plant, Vicia faba, cultivated for its large edible flattened seeds, used as a vegetable  
2    the seed of this plant,   (Also called)    horse bean  
butter bean  
      n   a variety of lima bean that has large pale flat edible seeds and is grown in the southern U.S.  
Calabar bean  
      n   the dark brown very poisonous seed of a leguminous woody climbing plant, Physostigma venenosum of tropical Africa, used as a source of the drug physostigmine  
castor bean  
      n     (U.S. and Canadian)  
1       another name for       castor-oil plant  
2    the seed of this plant  
cocoa bean  
      n   the seed of the cacao  
dwarf bean  
      n      another name for       French bean  
French bean  
      n  
1    a small twining bushy or annual bean plant, Phaseolus vulgaris, with white or lilac flowers and slender green edible pods  
2    the pod of this plant  
   See also       haricot     (Also called)    dwarf bean, kidney bean  
green bean  
      n   any bean plant, such as the French bean, having narrow green edible pods when unripe  
horse bean  
      n      another name for       broad bean  
jack bean  
      n   a tropical American leguminous plant, Canavalia ensiformis, that has clusters of purple flowers and long pods and is grown in the southern U.S. for forage  
jumping bean  
      n   a seed of any of several Mexican euphorbiaceous plants, esp. species of Sebastiania, that contains a moth caterpillar whose movements cause it to jerk about  
kidney bean  
      n  
1    any of certain bean plants having kidney-shaped seeds, esp. the French bean and scarlet runner  
2    the seed of any of these beans  
lima bean  
      n  
1    any of several varieties of the bean plant, Phaseolus lunatus (or P. limensis), native to tropical America but cultivated in the U.S. for its flat pods containing pale green edible seeds  
2    the seed of such a plant,   (See also)        butter bean  
     (C19: named after Lima)  
mung bean  
      n  
1    an E Asian bean plant, Phaseolus aureus, grown for forage and as the source of bean sprouts used in oriental cookery  
2    the seed of this plant  
     (C20 mung, changed from mungo, from Tamil mungu, ultimately from Sanskrit mudga)  
pinto bean  
      n   a variety of kidney bean that has mottled seeds and is grown for food and fodder in the southwestern U.S.  
runner bean  
      n      another name for       scarlet runner  
shell bean  
      n     (U.S)   any of various bean plants that are cultivated for their edible seeds rather than for their pods  
snap bean  
      n     (U.S. and Canadian)  
1    any of various bean plants that are cultivated in the U.S. for their crisp edible unripe pods  
2    the pod of such a plant,   (See also)        string bean  
     (C19: so called because the pods are broken into pieces for eating)  
soya bean   ,   (U.S. and Canadian)   soybean  
      n  
1    an Asian bean plant, Glycine max (or G. soja), cultivated for its nutritious seeds, for forage, and to improve the soil  
2    the seed of this plant, used as food, forage, and as the source of an oil  
     (C17 soya, via Dutch soya from Japanese shoyu, from Chinese chiang yu, from chiang paste + yu sauce)  
string bean  
      n  
1    any of several bean plants, such as the scarlet runner, cultivated for their edible unripe pods  
   See also       green bean       wax bean  
2    Informal   a tall thin person  
tonka bean  
      n  
1    a tall leguminous tree, Coumarouna odorata, of tropical America, having fragrant black almond-shaped seeds  
2    the seeds of this tree, used in the manufacture of perfumes, snuff, etc.  
     (C18: probably from Tupi tonka)  
wax bean  
      n     (U.S)   any of certain string beans that have yellow waxy pods and are grown in the U.S.  

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