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lima bean

[ lahy-muh ]
/ ˈlaɪ mə /
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noun
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

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British Dictionary definitions for lima bean

lima bean
/ (ˈlaɪmə, ˈliː-) /

noun
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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