The origin and classification of many kinds are still doubtful. Among true beans are: the black-eyed bean and china bean, included in Dolichos Sinensis; black egyptian bean or hyacinth bean, D. Lablab; the common haricot beans, kidney beans, string beans, and pole beans, all included in phaseolus vulgaris; the lower bush bean, ph. Vulgaris, variety nanus; lima bean, ph. Lunatus; spanish bean and scarlet runner, ph. Maltiflorus; windsor bean, the common bean of England, Faba vulgaris. As an article of food beans are classed with vegetables.
(Science: botany) florida bean, a species of strychnos. Navy bean, the common dried white bean of commerce; probably so called because an important article of food in the navy. Pea bean, a very small and highly esteemed variety of the edible white bean; so called from its size. Sacre 6ab d bean. See sacred. Screw bean. See screw. Sea bean. Same as florida bean. A red bean of unknown species used for ornament. Tonquin bean, or tonka bean, the fragrant seed of Dipteryx odorata, a leguminous tree. Vanilla bean. See vanilla.