A Definition of a Word: Green Bean

by Ani Dorsett

green bean

1. The immature green pod of the kidney bean, eaten as a vegetable.
2. Since when are beans immature? Do they not act their age?
3. If I don’t eat it, is it not a vegetable? If I were to drink it, would it be a fruit?
4. Also called string bean, stringless bean.
5. Crunchy and delicious.

Origin: 1940–45, Americanism. A little green pod grown on a grandfather’s farm; may house aliens.


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