: a genus of herbs (family Leguminosae) which are widely distributed throughout warm regions, which include most of the true American beans, and whose flowers are in axillary racemes or panicles with the corolla having a spirally twisted keel see bean sense 1b, lima bean, mung bean, sieva bean

Word History


New Latin, from Latin, diminutive of phaselus, a bean, from Greek phasēlos

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“Phaseolus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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