moth bean


: a legume (Vigna acontifolia synonym Phaseolus aconitifolius) cultivated especially in India for its edible cylindrical pods and small seeds

Word History


probably by folk etymology from Marathi maṭh moth bean

First Known Use

1884, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of moth bean was in 1884

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“Moth bean.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2023.

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