pole bean


: a cultivated bean that is usually trained to grow upright on supports

Examples of pole bean in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This quick and easy recipe pairs blanched pole beans with snappy radish slices. Jenna Sims, Southern Living, 4 Nov. 2023 Plant bush beans, which mature a little faster than pole beans (which must have support, such as a trellis, to grow vertically). Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, 4 Aug. 2023 Both types are fast-growing, though pole beans produce for a slightly longer period. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, 12 May 2023 During the summertime, 'Kentucky Wonder' pole beans scramble up strings attached to a skeleton structure, creating the ideal place to play, hide, or pick beans. Rhonda Fleming Hayes, Southern Living, 16 June 2023 Summer squash, cucumbers, and pole beans can all be grown on a 6-foot trellis at the garden's edge. Jenny Krane, Better Homes & Gardens, 14 Mar. 2023 So, if a Bay Area gardener plants sweet corn seed surrounded by pole bean seed, the most likely result is a corn plant disappearing under bean vines and bearing little or no corn. Pam Peirce, SFChronicle.com, 23 May 2020 Among them: a family favorite known now as Great-Great Aunt Rosie’s pole beans. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, 3 Aug. 2019 Plants such as fruit trees provide food as well as shade; a patch of bamboo could provide stakes for supporting pole beans and other vining plants. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, 1 Mar. 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1770, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pole bean was circa 1770

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“Pole bean.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pole%20bean. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

pole bean

: a cultivated bean with long coiling stems that is usually trained to grow upright on supports
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