green bean


Definition of green bean 

: a kidney bean that is used as a snap bean when the pods are colored green

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There are tangles of fava and green beans, gnarly rows of celery and turnip roots, whole heads of artichoke and garlic, and bursts of cherry tomatoes. Keith Flanagan, USA TODAY, "A taste of Tel Aviv's largest open-air market," 19 June 2018 Order signature bowls like the Cassie ($8.85), made with Japanese eggplant, chickpeas, pickled cauliflower, currants, savory green beans, basil, currants, and creamy harissa, or DIY with your choice of base (kale, rice, arugula, quinoa). Kara Baskin,, "Whole Heart Provisions brings ‘fresh veggies and good vibes’ to Cambridge," 24 May 2018 Add the snap peas and green beans to the boiling water and cook until tender, about 4 to 5 minutes. Jessica Battilana, San Francisco Chronicle, "Repertoire: A salad for your summer salmon days," 4 June 2018 If green beans are the best barbecue side on the menu, something’s not right. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "52 Weeks of BBQ: Augie’s Alamo City BBQ Steakhouse," 6 Apr. 2018 Consider adjusting carrots and potatoes with turnips, parsnips and green beans. Debbi Snook,, "St. Patrick's Day Irish Pork Stew with Caraway and Stout (photo, recipes)," 13 Mar. 2018 Order vegetables when available (green beans are usually your best bet, but keep in mind that the sodium can still be crazy-high). Molly Kimball,, "Mardi Gras fried chicken: 3 healthiest fast-food options," 30 Jan. 2018 There is your basic choice between four entrees (beef, chicken, fish, and pork) with the sides for each being the same regardless of entree choice (potatoes and green beans, say). Isaac Weeks, Billboard, "Ray Stevens Is Latest Country Star to Launch Own Venue With His CabaRay Showroom," 9 June 2018 In his own garden, Vigueras uses every inch, planting papayas, manzano bananas, mint, malanga root, citron, green beans, corn, bell peppers, Japanese cucumbers, zucchini. Joe Mozingo,, "One of L.A.'s oldest community gardens thrived for decades. Then the water wars began.," 4 June 2018

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First Known Use of green bean

1526, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of green bean

: a type of bean whose long green seed cases are eaten as a vegetable when they are young and tender

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Kids Definition of green bean

: a young long green pod of a bean plant eaten as a vegetable

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