fava bean

a plant, Vicia faba, native to the Old World, bearing large pods containing edible seeds.
the seed or pod of this plant.
Also called broad bean, horse bean.

1940–45; < Italian < Latin faba bean

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fava bean (ˈfɑːvə)
1.  an erect annual Eurasian bean plant, Vicia faba, cultivated for its large edible flattened seeds, used as a vegetable
2.  the seed of this plant
[C20: Italian fava from Latin faba bean]

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