shell bean

noun

Definition of shell bean

1 : a bean grown primarily for its edible seeds — compare snap bean
2 : the edible seed of a bean

First Known Use of shell bean

1868, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Shell bean.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shell%20bean. Accessed 9 Mar. 2021.

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