a plant, Vicia faba, native to the Old World, bearing large pods containing edible seeds.
the seed or pod of this plant.
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How to use fava bean in a sentence
They found that when they isolated protein from fava beans, they could use heating, cooling, and pressure to reshape it into a structure that mimics chicken muscle.
Their team of 200 scientists examined different plant candidates — soy beans, peas, mung beans, fava beans, and so on — to figure out which would be the best plant to supply the protein in their tenders.
Although the tenders are mainly made from fava beans, I honestly wouldn’t have suspected that they come from a plant if I hadn’t known that before I took a bite.
British Dictionary definitions for fava bean
an erect annual Eurasian bean plant, Vicia faba, cultivated for its large edible flattened seeds, used as a vegetable
the seed of this plant
- Also called: broad bean
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