tepary bean

[ tep-uh-ree ]
/ ˈtɛp ə ri /


a twining or bushy plant, Phaseolus acutifolius latifolius, of the legume family, native to Mexico and Arizona, having white or violet-colored flowers, grown as a food plant in dry regions.

Origin of tepary bean

An Americanism dating back to 1910–15; origin uncertain
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