- a common bean, Phaseolus vulgaris, cultivated in many varieties for its edible seeds and pods.
- the mature kidney-shaped seed of this plant.
Origin of kidney bean
First recorded in 1540–50
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Examples from the Web for kidney bean
Haricot, har′i-ko, -kot, n. a kind of ragout or stew of mutton and beans or other vegetables: the kidney-bean or French bean.
In the great continent of America, the kidney-bean seed, dried, is freely partaken of.Cakes & Ale
Moreover he made him a landing net, with a kidney-bean stick, a ring of wire, and his own best nightcap of strong cotton net.Crocker's Hole
R. D. Blackmore
Here there was a rail across, about as big as a kidney-bean stick, whereupon they leaned, and looked into the water under them.The Maid of Sker
Richard Doddridge Blackmore
The cake has in Slavonic tradition the same importance as the pea, kidney-bean, or cabbage.Zoological Mythology, Volume I (of 2)
Angelo de Gubernatis
- any of certain bean plants having kidney-shaped seeds, esp the French bean and scarlet runner
- the seed of any of these beans
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