shell bean


noun

any of various kinds of bean of which the unripe seeds are removed from the pods before cooking.
the seed itself.

Nearby words

  1. shelflist,
  2. shelfware,
  3. shelikof strait,
  4. shell,
  5. shell back,
  6. shell company,
  7. shell game,
  8. shell gland,
  9. shell jacket,
  10. shell out

Origin of shell bean

An Americanism dating back to 1865–70

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British Dictionary definitions for shell bean

shell bean

noun

US any of various bean plants that are cultivated for their edible seeds rather than for their pods
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