a crisp bean pod, as a green bean or a wax bean, that is easily broken into pieces for cooking.
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Origin of snap bean
An Americanism dating back to 1760–70
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noun US and Canadian
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
Word Origin for snap bean
C19: so called because the pods are broken into pieces for eating
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