British. the pod of a green bean or wax bean, eaten as a vegetable.
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Origin of French bean
First recorded in 1545–55
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British Dictionary definitions for french bean
a small twining bushy or annual bean plant, Phaseolus vulgaris, with white or lilac flowers and slender green edible pods
the pod of this plantSee also haricot
Also called: dwarf bean, kidney bean
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