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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