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English

Etymology

From Middle English bene, from Old English bēan (bean, pea, legume), from Proto-Germanic *baunō, of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

Noun

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Beans.

Singular
bean

Plural
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  1. The large edible seed of plants of several genera of Fabaceae.
  2. The seed pod of plants of several genera of Fabaceae.
  3. A seed of coffee; coffee in the general.
  4. (UK, slang, Template loop detected: Template:context 2) a guineau coin.
  5. (UK, slang, Template loop detected: Template:context 2) money.
    I haven't got a bean.

Derived terms

Translations

Verb

Infinitive
to bean

Third person singular
beans

Simple past
beaned

Past participle
-

Present participle
beaning

to bean (third-person singular simple present beans, present participle beaning, simple past and past participle beaned)
  1. To hit with a projectile, accurately.
    The pitcher beaned the batter, rather than letting him hit another home run.

Irish

Etymology

From Old Irish ben < Proto-Celtic *benā < Proto-Indo-European *gʷḗn

Pronunciation

  • IPA: [bʲan̪ˠ]

Noun

bean f.

  1. woman
  2. wife

Declension

Irregular

Bare forms

Case Singular Plural
Nominative bean mná
Vocative a bhean a mhná
Genitive mná ban
Dative bean mná

Forms with the definite article

Case Singular Plural
Nominative an bhean na mná
Genitive na mná na mban
Dative leis an mbean

don bhean

leis na mná
Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
bean bhean mbean
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

Old English

Etymology

From Germanic *baunō. Cognate with Old Frisian bām, Old Saxon bōna (Dutch boon), Old High German bōna (German Bohne), Old Norse baun.

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /bæ:an/

Noun

bēan f. (plural: bēana or bēane)

  1. bean (specifically the broad bean)

Scottish Gaelic

Pronunciation

  • IPA: [b̊ɛn]

Noun

bean f.

  1. woman, wife

Irregular noun; forms with the definite article:

Case Singular Plural
Nominative a' bhean na mnathan
Vocative a bhean a mhnathain
Genitive na mnà na mnathan
Dative leis a mhnaoi
leis na mnathan

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