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[leg-yoom, li-gyoom] /ˈlɛg yum, lɪˈgyum/

any plant of the , especially those used for feed, food, or as a soil-improving crop.
the pod or seed vessel of such a plant.
any table vegetable of the .
/ˈlɛɡjuːm; lɪˈɡjuːm/
the long dry dehiscent fruit produced by leguminous plants; a pod
any table vegetable of the family Fabaceae (formerly Leguminosae), esp beans or peas
any leguminous plant

plant of the group of the pulse family, 1670s, from French légume (16c.), from Latin legumen “pulse, leguminous plant,” of unknown origin. One suggestion ties it to Latin legere “to gather” (see lecture (n.)), because they can be scooped by the handful. Used in Middle English in the Latin form legumen (late 14c.).
(lěg’ym’, lə-gym’)

leguminous adjective


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  • Legumin

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    [li-gyoo-muh-nuh s] /lɪˈgyu mə nəs/ adjective 1. pertaining to, of the nature of, or bearing . 2. belonging to the Leguminosae. /lɪˈɡjuːmɪnəs/ adjective 1. of, relating to, or belonging to the Fabaceae (formerly Leguminosae), a family of flowering plants having pods (or legumes) as fruits and root nodules enabling storage of nitrogen-rich material: includes peas, […]

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