lima bean



a bean, Phaseolus limensis, having a broad, flat, edible seed.
the seed, used for food.

Nearby words

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  6. limaceous,
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  8. liman,
  9. limassol,
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Origin of lima bean

1810–20; named after Lima, Peru Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for lima bean

lima bean


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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Word Origin and History for lima bean

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.

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