haricot beans

Pronunciation: [AH-ree-koh]

A general term for any of various dried seeds that come from several varieties of the green bean. Among the more popular haricot beans are cannellini bean, great northern bean and navy bean. See also beans.

From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.

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