Definition of Shell bean
1. Noun. A bean plant grown primarily for its edible seed rather than its pod.
Generic synonyms: Bean, Bean Plant
Specialized synonyms: Lima Bean, Lima Bean Plant, Phaseolus Limensis, Butter Bean, Butter-bean Plant, Lima Bean, Phaseolus Lunatus, Sieva Bean, Phaseolus Acutifolius Latifolius, Tepary Bean, Broad Bean, Broad-bean, Broad-bean Plant, English Bean, European Bean, Field Bean, Vicia Faba
2. Noun. Unripe beans removed from the pod before cooking.
Specialized synonyms: Lima Bean, Butter Bean, Butterbean, Civet Bean, Sieva Bean, Broad Bean, Fava Bean, Green Soybean
Group relationships: Shell Bean Plant
Lexicographical Neighbors of Shell Bean
Literary usage of Shell bean
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. The MAGAZINE of Horticulture, Botany, and All Useful Discoveries and (1864)
"Prolific, excellent as a shell bean, or for baking. 16. ... A beautiful shell bean, but little known, and difficult to preserve unmixed. 22. ..."
2. Garden Steps: A Manual for the Amateur in Vegetable Gardening by Ernest Cobb (1917)
"Red Cranberry shell bean or Horticultural Bean. ... This bean is most desirable for eating as a shell bean before it ripens, and after it is ripe and dry, ..."
3. The Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture: A Discussion for the Amateur, and by Liberty Hyde Bailey (1916)
"Here are included all of both bush and running forms of which the pods are used as green snap beans as well as the dry shell-bean type like the Navy, ..."
4. The Horticulturist, and Journal of Rural Art and Rural Taste by Luther Tucker (1873)
"Remains tender as long, early, and its color makes it a better shell bean. Dr. Beadle prefers the flavor of China to Wax. Large Lima was generally commended ..."
5. The Physiology of Taste: Harder's Book of Practical American Cookery (in Six by Jules Arthur Harder (1885)
"It is a very prolific bearer, and the fact of the bean being white gives it additional value, as it enables it to be used as a shell bean. ..."
6. A Manual of Egyptian Farm Crops and Vegetables by G. Bonaparte (1903)
"Dwarf var. used as a «shell bean». only the soft seeds being eaten just befor? ... inches long ; generally used as a «shell bean», except when the p >d is ..."