- a bean, Phaseolus limensis, having a broad, flat, edible seed.
- the seed, used for food.
Origin of lima bean
Examples 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
- 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
Word Origin and History for lima bean
1756, associated with Lima, Peru, from which region the plant (Phaseolus lunatus) was introduced to Europe c.1500. Among the earliest New World crops to be known in the Old World, Simmonds' "Dictionary of Trade" (1858) describes it as "esteemed," but it has the consistency of a diseased dog kidney.