Metcalfe bean


Met·​calfe bean
: a prostrate perennial bean (Phaseolus metcalfei) of the southwestern U.S. and adjacent Mexico that is sometimes cultivated for forage
: the flat circular brownish black seed of the Metcalfe bean

Word History


after J. K. Metcalfe who introduced it to the southwestern U.S. in the late 19th century

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“Metcalfe bean.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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