Definition of fodder bean in English:

fodder bean

noun

  • 1A bean grown for use as animal fodder, especially the broad bean, Vicia faba.

  • 2United States regional (Appalachian) dried pods of the green bean (Phaseolus vulgaris), used as food for humans (usually in plural); also called leather britches, shuck bean.

Origin

Mid 19th century.