kidney bean definition

  • noun:
    • a yearly plant (Phaseolus vulgaris) cultivated in many kinds because of its edible pods and seeds.
    • The pod or seed of the plant.
    • a number of common bean, Phaseolus vulgaris, with a dark-red epidermis.
    • a sort of bean; -- so named from its form. It's for the genus Phaseolus (Phaseolus vulgaris). See under Bean.
    • A leguminous plant associated with the genus Phascolus, particularly Phaseolus vulgaris, the typical twining kidneybean of this landscapes, also referred to as French bean and haricot (see cut under haricot): so called through the form of the seeds.
    • large dark red bean; generally dried
    • the normal bean plant grown for the beans as opposed to the pods (especially a variety with large red kidney-shaped beans)

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