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Bean is a common name for large plant seeds of several genera of Fabaceae (formerly Leguminosae) (English: leguminous, legumes), used for food or feed. Bean originally meant the seed of the fava bean, but was later broadened to include members of the genus Phaseolus such as the common bean or haricot and the runner bean and the related genus Vigna. The term is now applied in a general way to many other related plants such as soybeans, peas, lentils, vetches and lupins. It can be used as a near synonym of pulse, that is an edible legume, though some restrict pulse to just varieties used as dry seeds.

The Common bean or haricot which is a member of genus Phaseolus is part of many bean varieties that belong in this species, and there are also may terms which apply to all or part of the species depending upon variety and treatment. These beans, although commonly known as "vegetables", are actually fruit, because they develop from a plant ovary and house seeds.

Varieties grown for the dry bean include pinto beans, navy beans or pea beans, kidney beans and black turtle beans. The many varieties grown for the pods are referred to as green beans, string beans or snap beans and include the wax beans. Both bush and running (pole) varieties exist. The colors and shape of pods and seeds vary tremendously.

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