fava bean

[ fah-vuh ]

  1. a plant, Vicia faba, native to the Old World, bearing large pods containing edible seeds.

  2. the seed or pod of this plant.

Origin of fava bean

1940–45; <Italian <Latin faba bean

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British Dictionary definitions for fava bean

fava bean

/ (ˈfɑːvə) /

nounUS and Canadian
  1. an erect annual Eurasian bean plant, Vicia faba, cultivated for its large edible flattened seeds, used as a vegetable

  2. the seed of this plant

Origin of fava bean

C20: Italian fava from Latin faba bean
  • Also called: broad bean

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