the sprouts of newly germinated beans, especially of mung beans, used as a vegetable.
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Origin of bean sprouts
First recorded in 1920–25
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British Dictionary definitions for bean sprout
the sprout of a newly germinated mung bean, eaten as a vegetable, esp in Chinese dishes
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