moth bean

noun

Definition of moth bean

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

First Known Use of moth bean

1884, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for moth bean

probably by folk etymology from Marathi maṭh moth bean

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“Moth bean.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/moth%20bean. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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