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butter bean

noun

Simple Definition of butter bean

  • : a kind of small, flat bean : a small lima bean

  • : a lima bean that is dried before it is sold

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of butter bean

  1. 1 :  lima bean: as a chiefly Southern & Midland :  a dried lima bean b :  sieva bean

  2. 2 :  wax bean

  3. 3 :  a green shell bean especially as opposed to a snap bean

Circa 1819

First Known Use of butter bean

circa 1819


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