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[jel-ee-been] /ˈdʒɛl iˌbin/

a small, bean-shaped, usually brightly colored candy with a hard sugar coating and a firm gelatinous filling.
a bean-shaped sweet with a brightly coloured coating around a gelatinous filling

1905, from jelly (n.) + bean (n.). So called for its shape. Soon used in U.S. slang for “stupid person,” probably encouraged by the slang sense of bean as “head.”



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