mung bean

\ ˈməŋ- \

Definition of mung bean 

: an erect bushy annual bean (Vigna radiata synonym Phaseolus aureus) that is widely cultivated in warm regions for its edible usually green or yellow seeds, for forage, and as the chief source of bean sprouts also : its seed

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Add mung beans and cook until slightly softened, about 1 minute. Eleanore Park, WSJ, "Comfort Food That Brings the Whole Table Together," 9 May 2018 While his devoutly Catholic mother retained some control over him, his antics incurred a cruel punishment: kneeling on marbly mung beans with his arms outstretched. The Economist, "A new book explores the myths and reality of Rodrigo Duterte’s life," 21 June 2018 Working quickly, add shiitake mushrooms, tofu, mung beans, cabbage rolls, noodles and enoki mushrooms, arranging ingredients in individual sections. Eleanore Park, WSJ, "Comfort Food That Brings the Whole Table Together," 9 May 2018 The menu includes items such as oysters with soju granita ($2.75), hand torn noodles with spicy lamb sofrito ($14), and pork belly and mung bean pancakes ($10). Audrey Gorden, RedEye Chicago, "A guide to eating 2017 James Beard Award-winning food in Chicago," 24 June 2017 Usually these mung bean pancakes present as flat, starchy discs whose golden surfaces hint at crunchiness without actually delivering it. New York Times, "French Skills Meet Korean Flavors at Soogil in the East Village," 8 May 2018 Grower of mung bean sprouts in his desk drawer at work. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "The enigmatic awesomeness of Creed Bratton from 'The Office,' who's performing in Detroit," 23 Mar. 2018 Once the oil rubbing or salt scrubbing part was over, Ms. Ajikrishna instructed me to wash my face and body in an outdoor shower with green mung bean powder, an herbal exfoliant used to cleanse the skin without removing the oil’s benefits. Caren Osten Gerszberg, New York Times, "At a Yoga Retreat in India: Beach Walks, Body Treatments and Healing," 16 Feb. 2018 Start with the crispy spring rolls, filled with a mix of cabbage, carrot, mung bean noodles, and shiitake mushrooms, accompanied with a savory sweet-and-sour dipping sauce. Grace Wong,, "11 vegetarian and vegan restaurants worth checking out," 29 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of mung bean

1910, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mung bean

Hindi & Urdu mū̃g, from Sanskrit mudga

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English Language Learners Definition of mung bean

: a small, round bean often used to grow bean sprouts

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