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bean

 (bēn)
n.
1.
a. Any of various twining herbs of the genus Phaseolus in the pea family, native to the Americas, having leaves with three leaflets and variously colored flowers, and widely cultivated for their edible pods and seeds.
b. A seed or pod of any of these plants.
2. Any of several related plants or their seeds or pods, such as the adzuki bean, broad bean, or soybean.
3. Any of various other plants or their seeds or fruits, especially those suggestive of beans such as the coffee bean or vanilla bean.
4. Slang A person's head.
5. beans Slang A small amount: I don't know beans about investing.
6. Chiefly British A fellow; a chap.
tr.v. beaned, bean·ing, beans Slang
To hit (another) on the head with a thrown object, especially a pitched baseball.
Idioms:
full of beans
1. Energetic; frisky: The children were too full of beans to sit still.
2. Badly mistaken: Don't believe him; he's full of beans.
spill the beans
To disclose a secret.

[Middle English ben, broad bean, from Old English bēan; see bha-bhā- in Indo-European roots.]
Translations

beans

npl frijoles mpl, judías (Esp)
References in classic literature ?
I planted about two acres and a half of upland; and as it was only about fifteen years since the land was cleared, and I myself had got out two or three cords of stumps, I did not give it any manure; but in the course of the summer it appeared by the arrowheads which I turned up in hoeing, that an extinct nation had anciently dwelt here and planted corn and beans ere white men came to clear the land, and so, to some extent, had exhausted the soil for this very crop.
In a village dwelt a poor old woman, who had gathered together a dish of beans and wanted to cook them.
Beans and bacon, cheese and bread, were all he had to offer, but he offered them freely.
While coffee was boiling, bacon frying, and flapjacks were being mixed, Daylight found time to put on a big pot of beans.
He ordered the best hay with plenty of oats, crushed beans, and bran, with vetches, or rye grass, as the man might think needful.
An old mouse was running in and out over the stone doorstep, carrying peas and beans to her family in the wood.
In the place of the fowl a dish of haricot beans made its appearance--an enormous dish in which some bones of mutton that at first sight one might have believed to have some meat on them pretended to show themselves.
I don't know, I'm sure, why I should have baked a pot o' beans in the middle of the week, but they'll come in handy.
Rose watched her as she got out a great pan of beans to look over, and wondered how it would seem to have life all work and no play.
She attempted the cold beans, thick with grease, but gave them up, and buttered a slice of bread.
The daguerreotypist had found these beans in a garret, over one of the seven gables, treasured up in an old chest of drawers by some horticultural Pyncheon of days gone by, who doubtless meant to sow them the next summer, but was himself first sown in Death's garden-ground.
One day," concluded Kraft, solemnly, "there will come to Cypher's for a plate of beans a millionaire lumberman from Wisconsin, and he will marry Milly.