Definition of tepary bean in US English:

tepary bean


  • A bean plant native to the southwestern US, cultivated in Mexico and Arizona for its drought-resistant qualities.

    Phaseolus acutifolius, family Leguminosae

    • ‘They began growing and cultivating tepary beans, and last year they harvested 10,000 pounds of the beans.’
    • ‘The tepary bean has been introduced into parts of E. and W. Africa where arid conditions are suitable for it.’


Early 20th century: of unknown origin.


tepary bean

/ˈtepərē ˌbēn/