fava beanfa·va bean
Origin of fava beanItalian fava, bean ( from Classical Latin faba, bean)
- An annual Old World plant (Vicia faba) in the pea family, having pinnately compound leaves, white flowers with lateral purplish blotches, and long thick pods.
- The edible seed or green pod of this plant. Also called In both senses also called broad bean . Also called horse bean .
Origin of fava beanItalian fava from Latin faba ; see bha-bhā- in Indo-European roots.