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fava bean

[fah-vuh]
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noun
  1. a plant, Vicia faba, native to the Old World, bearing large pods containing edible seeds.
  2. the seed or pod of this plant.
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Origin of fava bean

1940–45; < Italian < Latin faba bean
Also called broad bean, horse bean.
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British Dictionary definitions for fava bean

fava bean

noun US 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
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Also called: broad bean

Word Origin

C20: Italian fava from Latin faba bean
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