azuki bean

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azuki bean (plural azuki beans)

  1. An annual vine, Vigna angularis, widely grown throughout East Asia and the Himalayas for its small bean.
    • 2005 March 16, chapter 11, in Ram J. Singh & Prem P. Jauhar, editors, Genetic Resources, Chromosome Engineering, and Crop Improvement: Grain Legumes, CRC Press, →ISBN:
      The Chinese characters for azuki bean [Vigna angularis (Willd.) Ohwi & Ohashi], 小豆, means[sic] “small bean,” while the kanji characters for soybean, 大豆, mean “big bean.” These characters also reflect the relative importance of these two crops in East Asia, where they are the main legumes in people's diets.
  2. The bean of this vine.

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