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green bean

the immature green pod of the kidney bean, eaten as a vegetable.
Also called string bean, stringless bean.
Origin of green bean
1940-45, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Any green bean may be used in this way, lima and butter beans being the nicest.

  • The green bean is of huge size, and varies in color from green to dingy brown.

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  • Add some ham, onion, celery, green bean sprouts and mushrooms cut fine.

  • The Bogota green bean ranges from a blue-green bean to a fancy yellow.

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  • Also, the structure of the roasted bean renders it more readily penetrable by solvents than does that of the green bean.

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  • These substances are not present in the green bean, but are produced during the process of roasting.

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  • Coffee roasters figure, however, that the average loss is sixteen percent of the weight of the green bean.

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British Dictionary definitions for green bean

green bean

any bean plant, such as the French bean, having narrow green edible pods when unripe
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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