lima bean


li·​ma bean ˈlī-mə- How to pronounce lima bean (audio)
: 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
: the seed of a lima bean eaten usually cooked as a vegetable see butter bean, sieva bean

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Lima, Peru

First Known Use

1756, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of lima bean was in 1756

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“Lima bean.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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lima bean

li·​ma bean ˌlī-mə- How to pronounce lima bean (audio)
: a tropical American bean plant widely grown for its flat edible usually pale green or whitish seeds
also : the seed of a lima bean

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