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string bean

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noun
  1. any of various kinds of bean, as the green bean, the unripe pods of which are used as food, usually after stripping off the fibrous thread along the side.
  2. the pod itself.
  3. Informal. a tall, thin person.

Origin of string bean

An Americanism dating back to 1750–60
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  • As a string-bean, it is deservedly considered one of the best.

    The Field and Garden Vegetables of America

    Fearing Burr

  • As a string-bean, the variety may be planted until the first of August.

  • As a string-bean, it is of fair quality, good when shelled in the green state, and farinaceous and mild flavored when ripe.

  • As a string-bean, or for pickling, it is considered one of the best of all varieties, and is recommended for general cultivation.

  • The variety is hardy and prolific; of good quality as a string-bean, or for shelling in the green state.


British Dictionary definitions for string bean

string bean

noun
  1. any of several bean plants, such as the scarlet runner, cultivated for their edible unripe podsSee also green bean, wax bean
  2. informal a tall thin person
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