red bean


Definition of red bean

1 : a red kidney bean and especially one that is small and round
2 : a small dark red seed of the adzuki bean that is often combined with sugar to produce a sweet paste used in cooking

Examples of red bean in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For a taste of cherry blossom (minus the actual trees), check a Japanese market for sakuramochi, glutinous rice balls stuffed with sweet red bean paste and wrapped in cherry blossom leaves. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian Magazine, "How Do People Picnic Around the Globe?," 23 Sep. 2020 When the coronavirus pandemic began earlier this year, the krewe had been preparing a red bean cookoff contest for local restaurants as a fundraiser., "Meet Gambit's 40 Under 40 class of 2020," 17 Aug. 2020 Another option is to avoid grocery shopping altogether and purchase meal kits that are geared toward campers, like the ones from REI and Patagonia Provisions, with dishes such as red bean chili and green lentil soup. Aryana Azari, National Geographic, "Going camping this summer? Here’s what you need to know," 31 July 2020 Flavors include matcha, black sesame, red bean, coconut, Thai tea, raspberry crunch, vanilla chip, salted caramel, passion fruit, mango, strawberry and chocolate. Jean Chen Smith,, "Mother’s Day Gift Guide: Stay-at-home edition," 30 Apr. 2020 The menu also includes red beans and rice, seafood gumbo, jambalaya, etouffee and the likes. Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, "Longtime New Orleans favorite Acme Oyster House opening in Montrose this fall," 12 May 2020 Gentl and Hyers for The New York Times (Photography and Styling) The week’s most popular dishes include Tejal Rao’s Punjabi-style red beans with cream or mozzarella (above), Samin Nosrat’s big lasagna and Melissa Clark’s rhubarb custard bars. New York Times, "One-Pot Vegetarian Spicy Red Beans Are #1," 9 May 2020 On top, Soto spoons a ladleful of red beans, plump and velvety after simmering for hours with a little bit of chile and sea salt. Elyse Inamine, Bon Appétit, "I Will Always Have Room for El Ruso’s Extremely Dialed-In Tacos," 27 Feb. 2020 Kidney: These large red beans are often used in salads and chili. Melissa Clark, NYT Cooking, "How to Cook Beans," 13 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of red bean

1658, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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2 Oct 2020

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“Red bean.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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