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1. Any of various beans cultivated for their edible seeds rather than their pods.
2. A seed from one of these plants.
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(Plants) US any of various bean plants that are cultivated for their edible seeds rather than for their pods
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any bean grown chiefly for its edible seeds rather than its pods.
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|Noun||1.||shell bean - a bean plant grown primarily for its edible seed rather than its pod|
shell bean - unripe beans removed from the pod before cooking
lima bean plant, Phaseolus limensis, lima bean - bush or tall-growing bean plant having large flat edible seeds
butter bean, butter-bean plant, lima bean, Phaseolus lunatus, sieva bean - bush bean plant cultivated especially in southern United States having small flat edible seeds
Phaseolus acutifolius latifolius, tepary bean - twining plant of southwestern United States and Mexico having roundish white or yellow or brown or black beans
|2.||shell bean - unripe beans removed from the pod before cooking|
fresh bean - beans eaten before they are ripe as opposed to dried
lima bean - broad flat beans simmered gently; never eaten raw
green soybean - seeds shelled and cooked as lima beans
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