black bean


General Science

  • noun a very hard tropical wood, resistant to termites


  • A type of French bean, Phaseolus vulgaris, widely cultivated in South America and East Asia. The dried bean has a black skin and white flesh and can be used as kidney beans. It must be boiled vigorously for 15 minutes.
  • fermented soya beans made by cooking, salting and fermenting until they become almost black. Used as flavouring in made up dishes or to produce various pastes and sauces.


  • noun a black-seeded soya bean that is fermented for use in east Asian cookery