Fri"jol, Fri"jole (?), n.; pl. Frijoles (&?;). Also Fre"jol . [Sp. fríjol, fréjol.]
In Mexico, the southwestern United States, and the West Indies, any cultivated bean of the genus Phaseolus, esp. the black seed of a variety of P. vulgaris.
The beanlike seed of any of several related plants, as the cowpea. Frijoles are an important article of diet among Spanish-American peoples, being used as an ingredient of many dishes.
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