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bean sprouts

plural noun

the sprouts of newly germinated beans, especially of mung beans, used as a vegetable.

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Nearby words

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Origin of bean sprouts

First recorded in 1920–25 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for bean sprout

bean sprout


the sprout of a newly germinated mung bean, eaten as a vegetable, esp in Chinese dishes
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