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black bean

noun

  1. a black variety of kidney bean, used in Latin American cooking.
  2. a black soybean, fermented and used in Asian cooking.


black bean

noun

  1. an Australian leguminous tree, Castanospermum australe , having thin smooth bark and yellow or reddish flowers: used in furniture manufacture Also calledMoreton Bay chestnut


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Word History and Origins

Origin of black bean1

First recorded in 1790–95

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Example Sentences

If you can find it, opt for a soup with a legume base like lentil or black bean.

It will be seen that they voted with beans—a white bean for "No," a black bean for "Yes."

Whoso drew a white bean was to be held prisoner of war; whoso drew a black bean was to die.

Since every such hybrid child has this same combination of a white and a black bean, all these hybrids are alike.

I cook pigeon broth as they do in Boulogne, I make black bean soup as they do in Spain.

Afterward the voting was by corn and beans, a grain of Indian corn signifying election, and a black bean the contrary.

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