From Middle English bene, from Old English bēan, from Proto-West Germanic *baunu, from Proto-Germanic *baunō, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰabʰ-. Cognate with Scots bene, bein, West Frisian bean, Dutch boon, German Bohne, Danish bønne, Icelandic baun, Latin faba, Russian боб, Serbo-Croatian бо̏б/bȍb. fava.
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