- The definition of a legume is a pod or pea plant, or the seed of such a plant.
An example of a legume is a bean.
Different types of legumes.
legume definition by Webster's New World
- any of an order (Fabales) of dicotyledonous herbs, shrubs, and trees, including the peas, beans, mimosas, and the Kentucky coffee tree, with usually compound leaves, flowers having a single carpel, and fruit that is a dry pod splitting along two sutures: many legumes are nitrogen-fixing and often are used as green manure and for forage
- the pod or seed of some members of this order, used for food
Origin: French légume ; from Classical Latin legumen, literally , anything that can be gathered ; from legere, to gather: see logic
legume definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. A pod, such as that of a pea or bean, that splits into two valves with the seeds attached to one edge of the valves.b. Such a pod or seed used as food.
- A plant of the pea family.
Origin: French légume, from Latin legūmen, bean.
legume - Science Definition
- Any of a large number of eudicot plants belonging to the family Leguminosae (or Fabaceae). Their characteristic fruit is a seed pod. Legumes live in a symbiotic relationship with bacteria in structures called nodules on their roots. These bacteria are able to take nitrogen from the air, which is in a form that plants cannot use, and convert it into compounds that the plants can use. Many legumes are widely cultivated for food, as fodder for livestock, and as a means of improving the nitrogen content of soils. Beans, peas, clover, alfalfa, locust trees, and acacia trees are all legumes.
- The seed pod of such a plant.
- leguminous leguminous adjective