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French bean

British. the pod of a green bean or wax bean, eaten as a vegetable.
Origin of French bean
First recorded in 1545-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • It is a species of French bean, of which you eat the white bean itself instead of slicing up the pod.

    A Year in a Lancashire Garden Henry Arthur Bright
British Dictionary definitions for French bean

French bean

a small twining bushy or annual bean plant, Phaseolus vulgaris, with white or lilac flowers and slender green edible pods
the pod of this plant See also haricot
Also called dwarf bean, kidney bean
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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