[free-hohl, free-hohl; Spanish free-hawl]
- any bean of the genus Phaseolus, especially the kidney bean, the seeds of which are used for food in Mexico, in the southwestern U.S., etc.
Also fri·jo·le [free-hoh-lee] /friˈhoʊ li/.
Origin of frijol
1570–80; < Spanish, earlier fresol, fesol < a dialectal source, akin to Galician freixó, feixoo, earlier feijoo < Latin faseolus; see feijoada
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- a variety of bean, esp of the French bean, extensively cultivated for food in Mexico
C16: from Spanish, ultimately from Latin phaseolus, diminutive of phasēlus, from Greek phasēlos bean with edible pod
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