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snap bean

a crisp bean pod, as a green bean or a wax bean, that is easily broken into pieces for cooking.
Origin of snap bean
1760-70, Americanism Unabridged
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  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for snap bean

snap bean

noun (US & Canadian)
any of various bean plants that are cultivated in the US for their crisp edible unripe pods
the pod of such a plant
See also string bean
Word Origin
C19: so called because the pods are broken into pieces for eating
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