fava bean

[ fah-vuh ]
/ ˈfɑ və /


a plant, Vicia faba, native to the Old World, bearing large pods containing edible seeds.
the seed or pod of this plant.

Words nearby fava bean

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
/ (ˈfɑːvə) /

noun US and Canadian

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

Word Origin for fava bean

C20: Italian fava from Latin faba bean
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