frijole

frijol

[free-hohl, free-hohl; Spanish free-hawl]
noun, plural frijoles [free-hohlz, free-hoh-leez; Spanish free-haw-les] .
any bean of the genus Phaseolus, especially the kidney bean, the seeds of which are used for food in Mexico, in the southwestern U.S., etc.
Also, frijole [free-hoh-lee] .


Origin:
1570–80; < Spanish, earlier fresol, fesol < a dialectal source, akin to Galician freixó, feixoo, earlier feijoo < Latin faseolus; see feijoada

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frijol (ˈfriːhəʊl, Spanish friˈxol)
 
n , pl -joles
a variety of bean, esp of the French bean, extensively cultivated for food in Mexico
 
[C16: from Spanish, ultimately from Latin phaseolus, diminutive of phasēlus, from Greek phasēlos bean with edible pod]

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