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broad beanalso broad·bean (brôd′bēn′)
See fava bean.
nAlso called: horse bean
1. (Plants) an erect annual Eurasian bean plant, Vicia faba, cultivated for its large edible flattened seeds, used as a vegetable
2. (Plants) the seed of this plant
fa′va bean`(ˈfɑ və)
1. a bean, Vicia faba, of the Old World, bearing large pods containing edible seeds.
[1940–45; < Italian < Latin faba]
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|Noun||1.||broad bean - seed of the broad-bean plant |
broad-bean, broad-bean plant, English bean, European bean, field bean, Vicia faba, broad bean - Old World upright plant grown especially for its large flat edible seeds but also as fodder
bean - any of various seeds or fruits that are beans or resemble beans
|2.||broad bean - Old World upright plant grown especially for its large flat edible seeds but also as fodder|
|3.||broad bean - a bean plant cultivated for use animal fodder|
fodder - coarse food (especially for livestock) composed of entire plants or the leaves and stalks of a cereal crop
|4.||broad bean - shell beans cooked as lima beans|
shell bean - unripe beans removed from the pod before cooking