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[har-uh-koh] /ˈhær əˌkoʊ/
any plant of the genus Phaseolus, especially P. vulgaris, the kidney bean.
the seed or unripe pod of any of these plants, eaten as a vegetable.
Origin of haricot1
1605-15; < French, earlier feve d'aricot., perhaps ultimately < Nahuatl ayacohtli, ayecohtli bean, but influenced by haricot stew (see haricot2), in which such beans can be an ingredient


[har-uh-koh] /ˈhær əˌkoʊ/
a stew of lamb or mutton with turnips and potatoes.
Also, halicot.
1605-15; < French; Middle French hericot (de mouton), probably noun derivative (perhaps influenced by écot lopped branch) of Old French harigoter to tear into scraps, perhaps derivative, with v. suffix -oter, of Old Low Franconian *hariôn to fight, make war on (see harry) Unabridged
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  • The dinner was composed of soup made of everything, and of veal with haricot beans.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • These, as well as haricot beans, may be boiled with a piece of bacon.

  • A bag of beans, of the variety known as "haricot," is the next candidate.

    A Labrador Doctor

    Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
  • Next in usefulness to the haricot bean comes the German lentil.

    New Vegetarian Dishes Mrs. Bowdich
  • When tender, mix with the haricot beans, and serve with sippets of toast.

    New Vegetarian Dishes Mrs. Bowdich
  • I said to him, as he ate his bread with some preparation of haricot beans.

    Old and New Paris, v. 2 Henry Sutherland Edwards
  • They are cooked like haricot beans, and taste like a blend of haricot bean and lentil.

    Poor Folk in Spain Jan Gordon
  • Sausages and tongue, with potatoes, haricot beans, and pease.

    Farthest North Fridtjof Nansen
  • Then, after glaring at the menu, he used to order—a dish of haricot beans.

    Caught by the Turks Francis Yeats-Brown
  • A good deal can be done with haricot beans, tapioca, and sago.

    Wings and the Child E. [Edith] Nesbit
British Dictionary definitions for haricot


a variety of French bean with light-coloured edible seeds, which can be dried and stored
another name for French bean
the seed or pod of any of these plants, eaten as a vegetable
Word Origin
C17: from French, perhaps from Nahuatl ayecotli
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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