[ lahy-muh ]
/ ˈlaɪ mə /
a bean, Phaseolus limensis, having a broad, flat, edible seed.
the seed, used for food.
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Origin of lima bean
1810–20; named after Lima, Peru
Words nearby lima bean
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Example sentences from the Web for lima bean
They had just then come in from the lima-bean field, where they had planted poles.Children of the Tenements|Jacob A. Riis
British Dictionary definitions for lima bean
/ (ˈlaɪmə, ˈliː-) /
any of several varieties of the bean plant, Phaseolus lunatus (or P. limensis), native to tropical America but cultivated in the US for its flat pods containing pale green edible seeds
the seed of such a plant
See also butter bean
Word Origin for lima bean
C19: named after Lima
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