fava bean

noun fa·va bean \ ˈfä-və- \
Updated on: 26 Apr 2018

Definition of fava bean

: the large, flat, edible, starchy seed of an Old World upright vetch (Vicia faba) that is typically pale green to whitish in color and is eaten raw, blanched, or cooked; also : this plant widely grown for its seeds and as fodder called also broad bean, horse bean ; see favism

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Origin and Etymology of fava bean

Italian fava "fava bean," going back to Latin faba, going back to dialectal Indo-European *bhab(h)- (whence also Serbian & Croatian bȍb, bòba "bean," Polish bób, Russian bob all going back to Slavic *bobŭ), probably borrowed from a European substratal language


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Definition of fava bean for English Language Learners

  • : a large, flat, pale green seed that is eaten as a vegetable


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