[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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Examples from the Web for frijoles
These frijoles were soft and well seasoned and the cakes, tortillas, were tender, too.The Mission of Janice Day
Helen Beecher Long
Here an old Indian woman cooked for us tortillas and frijoles.
I had been told that tortillas and frijoles were the staff of Mexican life.
The tamale is still a favorite dish, like tortillas and frijoles.The Works of Hubert Howe Bancroft, Volume 2
Hubert Howe Bancroft
One of the men lighted a fire and cooked some frijoles and tortillas.The Motor Boys in Mexico
- 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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Word Origin and History for frijoles
1570s, from Spanish frijoles (plural) "beans," from Latin phaseolus, phaselus "kidney bean," from Greek phaselos "a kind of bean."
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