lima bean

noun li·ma bean \ ˈlī-mə- \
Updated on: 24 Nov 2017

Definition of lima bean

1 : a bushy or vining tropical American bean (Phaseolus lunatus synonym Phaseolus limensis) that is widely cultivated for its flat edible starchy seed which is usually pale green when immature and whitish or beige when mature
2 : the seed of a lima bean eaten usually cooked as a vegetable — see butter bean, sieva bean

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Origin and Etymology of lima bean

Lima, Peru


LIMA BEAN Defined for English Language Learners

lima bean

noun

Definition of lima bean for English Language Learners

  • : a type of flat and pale green or white bean


LIMA BEAN Defined for Kids

lima bean

noun li·ma bean \ ˈlī-mə- \

Definition of lima bean for Students

: the edible seed of a bean plant that is usually pale green or white


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