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Definition of bean noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    bean

     noun
    noun
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  1. 1a seed, or pod containing seeds, of a climbing plant, eaten as a vegetable. There are several types of beans, and the plants that they grow on are also called beans lima beans green beans I'll have a burrito with beans and rice. see also baked beans
  2. 2 (usually in compounds) a seed from a coffee plant, or some other plants coffee/cocoa/vanilla beans see also jelly bean
  3. Idioms
    full of beans/life
     
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    having a lot of energy
    a hill of beans (old-fashioned) (informal)
     
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    something that is not worth much
    not know beans about something (informal)
     
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    to know nothing about a subject I don't know beans about making movies.
    spill the beans (informal)
     
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    to tell someone something that should be kept secret or private
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: bean