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green bean

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  1. the immature green pod of the kidney bean, eaten as a vegetable.

Origin of green bean

An Americanism dating back to 1940–45
Also called string bean, stringless bean.
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British Dictionary definitions for green bean

green bean

  1. any bean plant, such as the French bean, having narrow green edible pods when unripe
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