A medium-size, oblong dried bean with a light brown skin streaked with mahogany. Rattlesnake beans have a strong, tangy flavor that stands up to fiery spices. 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.