lima bean

li·ma bean | \ˈlī-mə- \

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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They are found on cowpeas, lima beans, snap beans, soybeans in most states east of the Mississippi River; also parts of Arizona, Colorado, Nebraska, Texas, Utah. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "10 Most Destructive Garden Insects And How To Get Rid Of Them," 3 June 2016 The event features a cook-off with creative lima bean dishes, concert, beer garden and horseshoe tournament. Linda Mcintosh,, "Assistance League holds orientation ...Community events," 17 May 2018 Guests would grab a can and get whatever was inside—ham, corn, lima beans. Megan Michelson, Outside Online, "The Rabblerousing Queen of Grand Canyon Rafting," 24 May 2018 Vegetables: Calabaza, chayote, cherry tomato, collards, dasheen, lima bean, snap bean, Malabar spinach, malanga, New Zealand spinach, okra, hot pepper, roselle, Seminole pumpkin, Southern pea, sweet potato, tamarillo, yam and yard-long bean. 4. Tom Maccubbin,, "May in the garden," 28 Apr. 2018 The baby lima beans most notable for their flavorful, al dente nature. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "Pat's Steakhouse in Clifton Heights is full of Louisville nostalgia," 2 May 2018 Why in the hell would a 14-year-old boy want lima beans and tofu? Lori Berger, Redbook, "Love, Kardashian Style," 12 Apr. 2011 Cranberry, cannellini, and large lima beans are Andean. Junot Díaz, The New Yorker, "The Hunt for Mexico’s Heirloom Beans," 17 Apr. 2018 New world beans include Phaseolus vulgaris encompassing 4.000 cultivars of true beans of many colors; P. lunatus are lima beans; P. coccineus runner beans, and tepary beans (P. acutifolius. Margaret Lauterbach, idahostatesman, "Like beans? Here’s a rundown on how to grow them | Idaho Statesman," 14 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of lima bean

1756, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for lima bean

Lima, Peru

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English Language Learners Definition of lima bean

: a type of flat and pale green or white bean

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li·ma bean | \ˈlī-mə- \

Kids Definition of lima bean

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

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