- noun a common bean (Vicia faba) which has large flattish pale green seeds and is grown throughout the world.
- The seed of a legume, Vicia faba, eaten as the whole pod when very young (up to 8 cm) or as green unripe oval-shaped beans from more mature pods (up to 30 cm). Usually boiled but uncooked beans are eaten as a snack food in the eastern Mediterranean. The dried bean, which is creamy in colour, is used as a pulse or canned. It was one of the first legumes to be harvested in Europe. It is a direct descendant of the field bean or horse bean which has been cultivated in Europe since the stone Age.