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

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Feel free to include other vegetables, like peas, favas or shelling beans. David Tanis, New York Times, "A Soup for All Seasons (Even Summer)," 6 July 2018 Food historian William Woys Weaver reports native Americans didn’t shell beans. Margaret Lauterbach, idahostatesman, "Like beans? Here’s a rundown on how to grow them | Idaho Statesman," 14 Mar. 2018 The three main courses include pork and beef meatballs ($18), sea bass with shelling beans ($29) and chicken al mattone, a crisp, flattened half chicken on a bed of polenta with piles of roasted peppers, capers and chiles. Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle, "Rooh’s cross-cultural approach modernizes Indian cuisine," 23 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of shell bean

1868, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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