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 for bean
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bean \Bean\ (b[=e]n), n. [OE. bene, AS. be['a]n; akin to D.
     boon, G. bohne, OHG. p[=o]na, Icel. baun, Dan. b["o]nne, Sw.
     b["o]na, and perh. to Russ. bob, L. faba.]
     1. (Bot.) A name given to the seed of certain leguminous
        herbs, chiefly of the genera Faba, Phaseolus, and
        Dolichos; also, to the herbs.
        [1913 Webster]
     Note: The origin and classification of many kinds are still
           doubtful. Among true beans are: the black-eyed bean and
           China bean, included in Dolichos Sinensis; black
           Egyptian bean or hyacinth bean, Dolichos Lablab; the
           common haricot beans, kidney beans, string beans, and
           pole beans, all included in Phaseolus vulgaris; the
           lower bush bean, Phaseolus vulgaris, variety nanus;
           Lima bean, Phaseolus lunatus; Spanish bean and
           scarlet runner, Phaseolus multiflorus; Windsor bean,
           the common bean of England, Faba vulgaris.
           [1913 Webster] As an article of food beans are classed
           with vegetables.
           [1913 Webster]
     2. The popular name of other vegetable seeds or fruits, more
        or less resembling true beans.
        [1913 Webster]
     Bean+aphis+(Zool.),+a+plant+louse+({Aphis+fab[ae]">Bean aphis (Zool.), a plant louse ({Aphis fab[ae]) which
        infests the bean plant.
     Bean fly (Zool.), a fly found on bean flowers.
     Bean+goose+(Zool.),+a+species+of+goose+({Anser+segetum">Bean goose (Zool.), a species of goose ({Anser segetum).
     Bean weevil (Zool.), a small weevil that in the larval
        state destroys beans. The American species is Bruchus
     Florida bean (Bot.), the seed of Mucuna urens, a West
        Indian plant. The seeds are washed up on the Florida
        shore, and are often polished and made into ornaments.
     Ignatius bean, or St. Ignatius's bean (Bot.), a species
        of Strychnos.
     Navy bean, the common dried white bean of commerce;
        probably so called because an important article of food in
        the navy.
     Pea bean, a very small and highly esteemed variety of the
        edible white bean; -- so called from its size.
     Sacred bean. See under Sacred.
     Screw bean. See under Screw.
     Sea bean.
        (a) Same as Florida bean.
        (b) A red bean of unknown species used for ornament.
     Tonquin bean, or Tonka bean, the fragrant seed of
        Dipteryx odorata, a leguminous tree.
     Vanilla bean. See under Vanilla.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: any of various edible seeds of plants of the family
           Leguminosae used for food [syn: bean, edible bean]
      2: any of various seeds or fruits that are beans or resemble
      3: any of various leguminous plants grown for their edible seeds
         and pods [syn: bean, bean plant]
      4: informal terms for a human head [syn: attic, bean,
         bonce, noodle, noggin, dome]
      v 1: hit on the head, especially with a pitched baseball

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  153 Moby Thesaurus words for "bean":
     Irish potato, Kraut, a continental, a curse, a damn, a darn,
     a hoot, algae, aubergine, autophyte, bagatelle, bauble, beans,
     belfry, bibelot, bit, bracken, brain, brass farthing, brow,
     brown algae, button, cabbage, cent, climber, conferva, confervoid,
     conk, creeper, crown, curio, diatom, dome, eggplant, encephalon,
     farce, farthing, feather, fern, fig, fleabite, folderol, fribble,
     frippery, fruits and vegetables, fucus, fungus, gaud, gewgaw,
     gimcrack, grapevine, gray matter, green algae, greens, gulfweed,
     hair, halfpenny, head, headpiece, herb, heterophyte, hill of beans,
     ivy, jest, joke, kelp, kickshaw, knickknack, knickknackery, legume,
     legumes, lentil, liana, lichen, liverwort, love apple, mad apple,
     minikin, mockery, mold, molehill, moss, mushroom, noddle, noggin,
     noodle, organ of thought, parasite, parasitic plant, pate, pea,
     peppercorn, perthophyte, phytoplankton, picayune, pieplant, pin,
     pinch of snuff, pinprick, planktonic algae, plant families, poll,
     potato, potherbs, produce, puffball, pulse, rap, red algae,
     red cent, rhubarb, ridge, rockweed, row of pins, rush, rust,
     saprophyte, sargasso, sargassum, sconce, sea lentil, sea moss,
     sea wrack, seat of thought, seaweed, sensation, sensorium, sensory,
     shit, smut, snap, sneeshing, sou, spud, straw, succulent, tater,
     toadstool, tomato, toy, trifle, trinket, triviality, tuppence,
     two cents, twopence, vegetables, vetch, vine, whim-wham,
     white potato, wort, wrack

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

      A component architecture for the Java
     programming language, developed initially by Sun, but now
     available from several other vendors.  JavaBeans components
     are called "{beans".
     JavaBeans allows developers to create reusable software
     components that can then be assembled together using visual
     application builder tools including Sybase's PowerJ,
     Borland's JBuilder, IBM's Visual Age for Java,
     SunSoft's Java Workshop and Symantec's Visual Cafe.
     JavaBeans support Introspection (a builder tool can analyze
     how a Bean works), Customisation (developers can customise the
     appearance and behaviour of a Bean), Events (Beans can
     communicate), Properties (developers can customise and program
     with Beans(?)) and Persistence (customised Beans can be stored
     and reused).

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