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kidney bean

a common bean, Phaseolus vulgaris, cultivated in many varieties for its edible seeds and pods.
the mature kidney-shaped seed of this plant.
Origin of kidney bean
1540-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for kidney bean
Historical Examples
  • The French or kidney bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) is locally known under the general term "louvia."

  • It is criminal to smother the kidney bean with melted butter at table.

    Cakes & Ale Edward Spencer
  • One of the little Bobbies pulls a kidney bean or a tomato or digs a potato for my dinner, about half an hour before it is served.

    Penelope's English Experiences Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • She wanted it about the size of a kidney bean; she had a medallion just as large as that.

  • From the young green pods of the scarlet bean, and the French or kidney bean, with heat.

  • The last consists of two pieces of wood, anciently of stone, in the shape of the two halves of a kidney bean.

    Religions of Ancient China Herbert A. Giles
  • It was, almost exactly, a wind sock, but the hole at the small end was shaped—by wire—into the general form of a kidney bean.

    Junior Achievement William Lee
British Dictionary definitions for kidney bean

kidney bean

any of certain bean plants having kidney-shaped seeds, esp the French bean and scarlet runner
the seed of any of these beans
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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