kidney bean


: an edible and nutritious usually kidney-shaped seed of any of various cultivated beans of the common species (Phaseolus vulgaris)
especially : a large dark red kidney bean
: a plant bearing kidney beans

Examples of kidney bean in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Whilst limited research shows that white kidney beans may have some benefits in this regard; however, the evidence is far from conclusive. Discover Magazine, 6 Jan. 2024 In addition to veggies like sweet peppers and tomatoes, this dish also has red kidney beans to give it some protein. Andrea Beck, Better Homes & Gardens, 4 Apr. 2024 For the true Cincinnati chili experience, serve it atop spaghetti (two-way), sprinkled with cheddar cheese (three-way), diced onions (four-way) and red kidney beans (five-way) along with oyster crackers and hot sauce. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, 6 Feb. 2024 Bean and Barley Chili also makes use of kidney beans. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, 6 Feb. 2024 Black beans and kidney beans: Both add good body and texture. Amanda Stanfield, Southern Living, 18 Sep. 2023 Stir in the kidney beans, pinto beans, corn, chile powder, salt, black pepper, oregano, thyme, and 4 cups of water. Lois Ellen Frank and Walter Whitewater, Saveur, 22 Nov. 2023 The ingredient list is low maintenance, calling for supermarket staples like ground beef, kidney beans, onion, bell pepper, and diced tomatoes. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 4 Nov. 2023 By blocking the activity of this enzyme, what is essentially happening is that white kidney bean extract is reducing the amount of carbohydrates that can be digested, reducing their caloric impact. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 5 Oct. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of kidney bean was in 1548

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“Kidney bean.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

kidney bean

: an edible seed and especially a large dark red seed of any of several varieties of cultivated bean plants
also : a plant that produces kidney beans

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