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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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  • Haricot, har′i-ko, -kot, n. a kind of ragout or stew of mutton and beans or other vegetables: the kidney-bean or French bean.

  • The cake has in Slavonic tradition the same importance as the pea, kidney-bean, or cabbage.

  • In the great continent of America, the kidney-bean seed, dried, is freely partaken of.

    Cakes & Ale Edward Spencer
  • Here there was a rail across, about as big as a kidney-bean stick, whereupon they leaned, and looked into the water under them.

    The Maid of Sker Richard Doddridge Blackmore
  • Moreover he made him a landing net, with a kidney-bean stick, a ring of wire, and his own best nightcap of strong cotton net.

    Crocker's Hole R. D. Blackmore
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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