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lima bean (n.)

1756, associated with Lima, Peru, from which region the plant (Phaseolus lunatus) was introduced to Europe c. 1500. Among the earliest New World crops to be known in the Old World, Simmonds' "Dictionary of Trade" (1858) describes it as "esteemed," but it has the consistency of a diseased dog kidney.

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Definitions of lima bean

lima bean (n.)
bush bean plant cultivated especially in southern United States having small flat edible seeds;
Synonyms: sieva bean / butter bean / butter-bean plant / Phaseolus lunatus
lima bean (n.)
bush or tall-growing bean plant having large flat edible seeds;
Synonyms: lima bean plant / Phaseolus limensis
lima bean (n.)
broad flat beans simmered gently; never eaten raw;
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