fava bean


fa·​va bean ˈfä-və- How to pronounce fava bean (audio)
: 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 The main menu is available around noon, but there are options such as fava beans and eggs before then. Lauryn Azu, Chicago Tribune, 10 July 2024 Toss chickpeas, fava beans, peas, or snap peas in oil (Humm likes algae oil for its light and buttery flavor and high smoke point), then cook them in a metal mesh basket over very high and direct heat. Karla Walsh, Better Homes & Gardens, 31 May 2024 Then there were artichokes and fava beans, which were in season. Frank Bruni Laura May Todd, New York Times, 13 May 2024 Before they can be eaten, fava beans need to be blanched, which involves boiling water and then adding salt until the water is as salty as the ocean. Joshua Siskin, Orange County Register, 16 Feb. 2024 See all Example Sentences for fava bean 

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1893, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fava bean was in 1893

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“Fava bean.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fava%20bean. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

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