- a crisp bean pod, as a green bean or a wax bean, that is easily broken into pieces for cooking.
Origin of snap bean
An Americanism dating back to 1760–70
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- any of various bean plants that are cultivated in the US for their crisp edible unripe pods
- the pod of such a plant
See also string bean
C19: so called because the pods are broken into pieces for eating