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bean

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noun \ˈbēn\

Definition of bean

  1. 1 a :  broad bean b :  the seed of any of various erect or climbing plants (as of the genera Phaseolus and Vigna) of the legume family other than the broad bean c :  a plant bearing beans d :  an immature bean pod used as a vegetable

  2. 2 a :  a valueless item b plural :  the least amount <didn't know beans about it>

  3. 3 :  any of various seeds or fruits that resemble beans or bean pods <coffee beans>; also :  a plant producing these

  4. 4 a plural :  exuberance —used in the phrase full of beans b plural :  nonsense, bunkum —used in the phrase full of beans

  5. 5 :  head, brain

  6. 6 :  a protuberance on the upper mandible of waterfowl — see duck illustration



Examples of bean

  1. We ate rice and beans for dinner.

  2. We're growing tomatoes and beans in our garden this year.



Origin of bean

Middle English bene, from Old English bēan; akin to Old High German bōna bean


First Known Use: before 12th century


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bean

verb

Simple Definition of bean

  • : to hit (someone) on the head with something

Full Definition of bean

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to strike (a person) on the head with an object

1910

First Known Use of bean

1910




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