snap bean

a crisp bean pod, as a green bean or a wax bean, that is easily broken into pieces for cooking.

1760–70, Americanism Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
snap bean
1.  any of various bean plants that are cultivated in the US for their crisp edible unripe pods
2.  the pod of such a plant
[C19: so called because the pods are broken into pieces for eating]

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Example sentences
Growth and respiration patterns of snap bean fruits.
Few resistant snap bean cultivars have been bred, however, because genetic resistance to white mold is not well understood.
The four snap bean genotypes were the subplot treatments, with four plants per genotype randomly placed within each chamber.
The snap bean lines have also been used in university and high school educational activities.
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