lima bean

li·​ma bean | \ ˈlī-mə- How to pronounce lima bean (audio) \

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

Examples of lima bean in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Bribing kids to finish all of their lima beans and broccoli is a parenting crutch with deep roots. Ryan Prior, CNN, 28 May 2020 The most important part when creating this dish is adding in a good amount of seasoning as well as lima beans or green peas. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, 7 May 2020 Many of the varieties the company has introduced that way have become gardening classics over the years, including cultivars such as Iceberg lettuce (1894), Golden Bantam sweet corn (1902) and Fordhook lima bean (1907). Washington Post, 10 Dec. 2019 Louisville's true unofficial dish is the lima beans from Mayan Cafe Prices are $246-$844, depending on seat location. Jeffrey Lee Puckett, The Courier-Journal, 28 Feb. 2018 The experts might have turned the project into a steaming plate of lima beans that no child would ever eat. Hank Stuever, Washington Post, 2 Dec. 2019 Lime and mint give creamy butter beans or baby lima beans a refreshing tang in this wholesome side dish., 27 Nov. 2019 These have included lima beans, asparagus beans and hyacinth beans. Washington Post, 9 July 2019 The Grand Del Mar golf course was once a lima bean farm. Martina Schimitschek, San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 June 2019

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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

lima bean

li·​ma bean | \ ˈlī-mə- How to pronounce lima bean (audio) \

Kids Definition of lima bean

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

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