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String bean

Posted by Henry on October 29, 2003

In Reply to: Re: Skinny, wiry posted by ESC on October 26, 2003

: : Hello,
: : I found this in Harry Potter book 5, chapter 21 page 393 UK edition.
: : "a stringy Slytherin boy standing just behide Goyle was watching the horse eating with an expression of distaste on his face"

: : I can't imagine how it looks being a stringy person.

: Barney Fife (see above post). From Merriam-Webster online:

: Main Entry: stringy
: Pronunciation: 'stri[ng]-E
: Function: adjective
: Inflected Form(s): string·i·er; -est
: Date: 1669
: 1 a : containing, consisting of, or resembling fibrous matter or string Stringy hair. b : lean and sinewy in build : WIRY
: 2 : capable of being drawn out to form a string : ROPY A stringy precipitate.
: - string·i·ness noun

: : Thank you.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition.2000.
String bean
NOUN: 1a. A bushy or climbing tropical American plant (Phaseolus vulgaris) widely cultivated for its narrow green edible pods. b. The green pod of this plant, eaten as a vegetable. Also called green bean, snap bean. 2. Slang A tall thin person.