fava bean

noun
fa·​va bean | \ ˈfä-və- How to pronounce fava bean (audio) \

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

Examples of fava bean in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On a December Thursday in a nondescript Cairo apartment building, a table is spread with plastic containers of Egyptian morning mainstays – fava beans, taamiya, scrambled eggs, and falafel. Taylor Luck, The Christian Science Monitor, "Facing down jail and wealthy foes, Arab rights defenders soldier on," 12 May 2020 The price of ful, a fava bean staple common in the region, was up 55 percent in March over a year earlier, said Lebanon’s Consultation and Research Institute. Washington Post, "Unrest escalates in Lebanon as currency collapses and prospect of hunger grows," 28 Apr. 2020 The ful mudammas, boiled-then-mashed fava beans, is punched up with garlic, salt, and lemon juice and invites dip after dip of toasted pita. Alex Delany, Bon Appétit, "I Go to Dearborn, Michigan, Just For This Lunch," 16 Oct. 2019 September/October, inland: seeds of fava beans, peas, spinach. Pam Peirce, SFChronicle.com, "Plant now: A Mediterranean garden for the fall," 6 Sep. 2019 It’s products are made from six types of legumes — peas, chickpeas, lentils, soy, fava beans and navy beans. cleveland, "Beyond plant-based meat, General Mills is now investing in plant-based seafood," 16 Jan. 2020 Cooked fava beans are mashed into a paste that is smooth but still chunky, sprinkled with fresh dill and boldly seasoned with a flavor that’s familiar but at first difficult to place: cinnamon! Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, "Turkish Food with Attitude at Lokanta," 28 Sep. 2019 Its researchers are investigating whether other crops, such as yellow peas and fava beans, can make good meatless meat. The Economist, "Plant-based meat could create a radically different food chain," 12 Oct. 2019 October-November: Remove tomatoes; plant cover crops such as fava beans, cow peas, field peas and phacelia. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "Bay Area gardening: Time to plant cool season crops," 5 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of fava bean

1893, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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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“Fava bean.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fava%20bean. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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fava bean

noun
How to pronounce fava bean (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of fava bean

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

fava bean

noun
fa·​va bean | \ ˈfäv-ə- How to pronounce fava bean (audio) \

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