- a plant, Vicia faba, native to the Old World, bearing large pods containing edible seeds.
- the seed or pod of this plant.
Origin of fava bean
1940–45; < Italian < Latin faba bean
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- 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
C20: Italian fava from Latin faba bean