- a plant, Vigna radiata, of the legume family, cultivated for its edible seeds, pods, and young sprouts.
- 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.
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- an E Asian bean plant, Phaseolus aureus, grown for forage and as the source of bean sprouts used in oriental cookery
- the seed of this plant
C20 mung, changed from mungo, from Tamil mūngu, ultimately from Sanskrit mudga
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