Definition of lima bean in US English:

lima bean


  • 1An edible flat whitish bean.

    See also butter bean
    • ‘That aside, Sarah was quite happy eating nuked veggies except for lima beans which she would leave in a neat little pile or a neat little line on her high chair tray.’
    • ‘Finish seeding bush snap beans, lima beans, sweet corn, winter and summer squash by early May to avoid heat damage.’
    • ‘I have suggested flageolet or lima beans here as they survive the canning process rather better than some.’
    • ‘I'm not a fan of lima beans, but these had a subtle goodness instead of the overpowering flavor of usual lima beans, and no crumbly texture.’
    • ‘His hair was pointing in ten different directions, and he had a lima bean stuck to his bulgy cheek.’
    • ‘I'll never force you to eat lima beans, Leta, not like Grandma.’
    • ‘Our culinary forebears hired starchy German ladies to feed their children, and tended to regard a pot of boiled lima beans as a gourmet event.’
    • ‘She had tiny hands and fingers good for reaching into tight places to pick lima beans.’
    • ‘Taken orally or as an injection, laetrile is a purified form of amygdalin, a chemical found in lima beans, raw nuts and the pits of many fruits.’
    • ‘According to the hypothesis, predators that have been reared on lima bean and have left the prey patch during a short time respond to a general ‘image’ of the odor.’
    • ‘Boiled fresh, they make a good vegetable, like lima beans in flavour.’
    • ‘The taste of fresh favas stewed or simmered is somewhere between that of peas and lima beans.’
    • ‘Cut back and focus on getting more of your protein from vegetables like chickpeas and lima beans.’
    • ‘Noontime dinners and evening suppers often include beef or chicken dishes, and vegetables in season from the family garden, such as peas, corn, green beans, lima beans, and carrots.’
    • ‘The bar handed out lima beans (poor man's shrimp) and sardines to complement our beer.’
    • ‘So yeah, lima beans may be the bane of youths world wide.’
    • ‘It wouldn't be so bad if saturated and trans fats were found only in beets, lima beans, sheep's milk and haggis.’
    • ‘It's those comments or drop in's that throw you off course and make you push away your third plate of lima beans.’
    • ‘Soon we'll have baby carrots and lima beans to eat with our basil, rosemary, cilantro and parsley.’
    • ‘Then add cauliflower, lima beans, zucchini and yellow squash.’
    1. 1.1 The tropical American plant that yields lima beans.
      • ‘We caged either 100 or 200 pea aphids on a single lima bean plant with or without pods, with or without a single big-eyed bug, and with or without 20 corn earworm eggs.’
      • ‘To test this hypothesis, we established 20 X 30 m field plots of lima beans with many pods and with few pods.’
      • ‘Uninfested lima bean plants were cut and placed with the stem in water in a vial for 3 days in a climate room (23 1°C, 50-70% relative humdity, and 16 h: 8 h light: dark).’
      • ‘Individual big-eyed bugs consumed fewer prey when bean plants had pods, and aphid populations were larger when caged with big-eyed bugs on lima bean plants with pods than on pod-free plants.’
      • ‘The dispersal of adult big-eyed bugs from lima bean plants with pods was significantly lower than the dispersal of big-eyed bugs from plants without pods.’
      • ‘Sow southern peas when the soil is thoroughly warm, about the time that lima beans can be planted (or two weeks after the first corn goes in).’
      • ‘Big-eyed bug survival was higher, and emigration was lower, when lima bean plants had pods than when they did not.’
      • ‘These beans thrive in cool weather and should be planted earlier than snap, soy or lima beans.’


Mid 18th century: lima from the name of the Peruvian capital Lima.


lima bean

/ˈlēmə ˌbēn//ˈlimə ˌbin/