WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
ˈkid•ney ˌbean, n. [countable]
  • Plant Biology, Fooda bean plant grown in many varieties for its seeds and pods which can be eaten.
  • Plant Biologyits mature seed, esp. the dark red, kidney-shaped seed of some varieties.

  • WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
    kidney bean′, 
  • Plant Biology, Fooda common bean, Phaseolus vulgaris, cultivated in many varieties for its edible seeds and pods.
  • Plant Biology, Foodthe mature kidney-shaped seed of this plant.
  • Etymology:1540–50

    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    kidney bean n
    1. any of certain bean plants having kidney-shaped seeds, esp the French bean and scarlet runner
    2. the seed of any of these beans

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