Meaning of adzuki in English:


(also adzuki bean, aduki)

Pronunciation /ədˈzuːki/


  • 1A small, round dark-red edible bean.

    ‘Vegetarians can use aduki or mung beans.’
    • ‘Locals order shaved ice with ice cream and adzuki, Japanese sweet beans.’
    • ‘In a large bowl, combine the broad beans, chard, raw peas, tomatoes, spring onions, herbs, aduki beans and millet.’
    • ‘We have this year's crop of adzuki beans almost sold already.’
    • ‘Lentils, adzuki beans, and chickpeas are often easier to digest than other kinds of beans.’
  • 2The bushy Asian plant which produces the adzuki bean.

    Vigna angularis, family Leguminosae

    ‘Two edible beans were selected for compatibility with the producers' existing cropping practices: the adzuki and the chickpea.’
    • ‘Before the Adzuki plant has reached maturity, the beans are green and contain a high proportion of water.’
    • ‘Plus, you can grow adzuki plants from the beans.’


Early 18th century from Japanese azuki.