kidney bean


Definition of kidney bean 

1 : 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

2 : a plant bearing kidney beans

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In a large bowl, combine pasta, kidney beans, corn, red pepper, onion, and cilantro. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Rev up pasta salad season with one packed with nutrients," 10 June 2018 Cucumbers cut into cubes mixed with red kidney beans and tossed with salad dressing complete this simple summer meal. Linda Gassenheimer, sacbee, "Making a chicken mango salad? Soon you will get the tang of it," 10 July 2018 Plus, kidney beans are highest in thiamine, a nutrient that may be protective against Alzheimer's disease. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "6 Healthiest Beans You Can Eat," 15 Aug. 2016 Some lectins in high concentrations in edible foods (especially in undercooked legumes like kidney beans) can cause severe stomach pain and vomiting. Katherine Pett, SELF, "Why Are People Suddenly Saying That Whole Grains Are Bad for Your Gut?," 9 May 2018 Like most eye masks, these are shaped like a kidney bean to cover the under-eye area, but the gel-like mesh keeps them from sliding down your cheeks. Shannon Barbour, The Cut, "3 Face Masks That Will Perk Up Dull Skin," 3 Apr. 2018 This not-really-that-hearty minestrone really makes its mark with mushy soft orzo and the occasional kidney bean that floats around like the reason the whole pool had to be drained last summer. Alex Beggs, Bon Appetit, "6 New Trader Joe's Products, Plus Something Called a ‘Blarney Scone,‘ Reviewed," 14 Mar. 2018 Black beans, kidney beans, and pinto beans can be used in a variety of other dessert recipes, too. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "If You Want to Make Your Brownies Healthier, Bake Them with Black Beans," 19 July 2017 Other products like cranberries, kidney beans and peanut butter would be affected, but have a much smaller value. Thomas Biesheuvel,, "Europe's Retaliatory Steel Tariffs Take Aim at Tiny Target," 6 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of kidney bean

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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English Language Learners Definition of kidney bean

: a type of large and dark red bean

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Kids Definition of kidney bean

: the large usually dark red edible seed of a bean plant

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