Bean

Definition of Bean

Pronunciation: bēn
n.1.(Bot.) A name given to the seed of certain leguminous herbs, chiefly of the genera Faba, Phaseolus, and Dolichos; also, to the herbs.
2.The popular name of other vegetable seeds or fruits, more or less resembling true beans.
Bean aphis
(Zool.) a plant louse (Aphis fabæ) which infests the bean plant.
Bean fly
(Zool.) a fly found on bean flowers.
Bean goose
(Zool.) a species of goose (Anser segetum).
Bean weevil
(Zool.) a small weevil that in the larval state destroys beans. The American species is Bruchus fabæ.
Florida bean
(Bot.) the seed of Mucuna urens, a West Indian plant. The seeds are washed up on the Florida shore, and are often polished and made into ornaments.
Ignatius bean
(Bot.) a species of Strychnos.
Navy bean
the common dried white bean of commerce; probably so called because an important article of food in the navy.
Pea bean
a very small and highly esteemed variety of the edible white bean; - so called from its size.
Sacred bean
See under Sacred.
Screw bean
See under Screw.
Sea bean
a - Same as Florida bean.
b - A red bean of unknown species used for ornament.
Tonquin bean
the fragrant seed of Dipteryx odorata, a leguminous tree.
Vanilla bean
See under Vanilla.

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