• WordNet 3.6
    • n frijol the common bean plant grown for the beans rather than the pods (especially a variety with large red kidney-shaped beans)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Refried beans aren't really what they seem. Although their name seems like a reasonable translation of Spanish frijoles refritos, the fact is that these beans aren't fried twice. In Spanish, refritos literally means "well-fried," not "re-fried."
    • Frijol 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.
    • Frijol 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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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Sp. fríjol, fréjol,


In literature:

Will James knew his frijoles, but burned them up before he died, in 1942.
"Guide to Life and Literature of the Southwest" by J. Frank Dobie
I reckon, though, that frijoles and side bacon would do me about as well.
"Roads of Destiny" by O. Henry
The ladies baked bollos, tamales and frijoles.
"Tales of Aztlan" by George Hartmann
Frijoles and pumpkins were also obtained, delicacies of no common order.
"What I Saw in California" by Edwin Bryant
The breakfast was good, with tortillas, frijoles, other Mexican dishes and coffee, but the boy had no appetite.
"The Texan Star" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Who'd you say raises them frijoles?
"Sundown Slim" by Henry Hubert Knibbs
Through the vale itself rustles the clear and cool brook to which the name of Rito de los Frijoles is applied.
"The Delight Makers" by Adolf Bandelier
He could eat frijoles and tortillas week in and week out, offering no complaint at the monotony of his diet.
"Steve Yeager" by William MacLeod Raine
They cooked frijoles in flat pans; and amidst all these occupations they joked and laughed and chatted with the men.
"The Rifle Rangers" by Captain Mayne Reid
I reckon, though, that frijoles and side bacon would do me about as well.
"The Wit and Humor of America, Volume X (of X)" by Various

In poetry:

He never used no matches - left em layin' on the shelf,
Just some kerosene and cussin' and the kindlin' lit itself.
And, pardner, I'm allowin' it would give a man a jolt
To see him stir frijoles with the barrel of his Colt.
"Boomer Johnson" by Henry Herbert Knibbs

In news:

An evening rain in upper Frijoles Canyon Wednesday sent high water down Frijoles Creek, washing away three temporary bridges in Bandelier National Monument.
Cubans in South Florida love to indulge on their pork with arroz con moro with frijoles negro, which translates to rice and black beans.
When Geoff Danek added a bar to his small Mexican eatery Holy Frijoles, it instantly drew a crowd.
Mozzarella sticks, tasty toastie, scrumptious subs, bean and cheese taco, zesty frijoles, fresh cut melon, chilled fruit.