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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bean  \Bean\  (b[=e]n),  n.  [OE.  bene,  AS  be['a]n;  akin  to  D. 
  boon,  G.  bohne,  OHG.  p[=o]na,  Icel.  baun,  Dan.  b["o]nne,  Sw 
  b["o]na,  and  perh.  to  Russ.  bob,  L.  faba.] 
  1.  (Bot.)  A  name  given  to  the  seed  of  certain  leguminous 
  herbs,  chiefly  of  the  genera  {Faba},  {Phaseolus},  and 
  {Dolichos};  also  to  the  herbs. 
 
  Note:  The  origin  and  classification  of  many  kinds  are  still 
  doubtful.  Among  true  beans  are:  the  black-eyed  bean  and 
  China  bean,  included  in  {Dolichos  Sinensis};  black 
  Egyptian  bean  or  hyacinth  bean,  {D.  Lablab};  the  common 
  haricot  beans,  kidney  beans,  string  beans,  and  pole 
  beans,  all  included  in  {Phaseolus  vulgaris};  the  lower 
  bush  bean,  {Ph.  vulgaris},  variety  {nanus};  Lima  bean, 
  {Ph.  lunatus};  Spanish  bean  and  scarlet  runner,  {Ph. 
  maltiflorus};  Windsor  bean,  the  common  bean  of  England, 
  {Faba  vulgaris}.  As  an  article  of  food  beans  are 
  classed  with  vegetables. 
 
  2.  The  popular  name  of  other  vegetable  seeds  or  fruits,  more 
  or  less  resembling  true  beans. 
 
  {Bean  aphis}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  plant  louse  ({Aphis  fab[ae]}) 
  which  infests  the  bean  plant. 
 
  {Bean  fly}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  fly  found  on  bean  flowers. 
 
  {Bean  goose}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  species  of  goose  ({Anser 
  segetum}). 
 
  {Bean  weevil}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  small  weevil  that  in  the  larval 
  state  destroys  beans.  The  American  species  in  {Bruchus 
  fab[ae]}. 
 
  {Florida  bean}  (Bot.),  the  seed  of  {Mucuna  urens},  a  West 
  Indian  plant.  The  seeds  are  washed  up  on  the  Florida 
  shore,  and  are  often  polished  and  made  into  ornaments. 
 
  {Ignatius  bean},  or  {St.  Ignatius's  bean}  (Bot.),  a  species 
  of  {Strychnos}. 
 
  {Navy  bean},  the  common  dried  white  bean  of  commerce; 
  probably  so  called  because  an  important  article  of  food  in 
  the  navy. 
 
  {Pea  bean},  a  very  small  and  highly  esteemed  variety  of  the 
  edible  white  bean;  --  so  called  from  its  size. 
 
  {Sacred  bean}.  See  under  {Sacred}. 
 
  {Screw  bean}.  See  under  {Screw}. 
 
  {Sea  bean}. 
  a  Same  as  {Florida  bean}. 
  b  A  red  bean  of  unknown  species  used  for  ornament. 
 
  {Tonquin  bean},  or  {Tonka  bean},  the  fragrant  seed  of 
  {Dipteryx  odorata},  a  leguminous  tree. 
 
  {Vanilla  bean}.  See  under  {Vanilla}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  bean 
  n  1:  any  of  various  edible  seeds  of  plants  of  the  family 
  Leguminosae  [syn:  {edible  bean}] 
  2:  any  of  various  seeds  or  fruits  suggestive  of  beans 
  3:  any  of  various  leguminous  plants  grown  for  their  edible 
  seeds  and  pods  [syn:  {bean  plant}] 
  4:  informal  terms  for  a  human  head  [syn:  {attic},  {noodle},  {noggin}] 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  bean 
 
  {JavaBeans} 
 
 




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