lima bean plant

lima bean plant
noun
bush or tall-growing bean plant having large flat edible seeds
Hypernyms: ↑shell bean, ↑shell bean plant
Member Holonyms: ↑Phaseolus, ↑genus Phaseolus
Part Meronyms: ↑lima bean

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  • lima bean — [[t]li͟ːmə biːn[/t]] lima beans N COUNT: usu pl Lima beans are flat round beans that are light green in colour and are eaten as a vegetable. They are the seeds of a plant that grows in tropical parts of America …   English dictionary

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