French bean

Origin of French bean

First recorded in 1545–55
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British Dictionary definitions for french bean

French bean

noun
  1. a small twining bushy or annual bean plant, Phaseolus vulgaris, with white or lilac flowers and slender green edible pods
  2. the pod of this plantSee also haricot
Also called: dwarf bean, kidney bean
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