mung bean

  1. a plant, Vigna radiata, of the legume family, cultivated for its edible seeds, pods, and young sprouts.
  2. the seed or pod of this plant.

Origin of mung bean

1905–10; earlier moong < Hindi mū̃g, variant of mūg; compare Pali, Prakrit mugga, Sanskrit mudga
Also called gram, green gram. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for green gram

mung bean

  1. an E Asian bean plant, Phaseolus aureus, grown for forage and as the source of bean sprouts used in oriental cookery
  2. the seed of this plant

Word Origin for mung bean

C20 mung, changed from mungo, from Tamil mūngu, ultimately from Sanskrit mudga
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