Different types of legumes.
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.
- 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 of legumeFrench légume, vegetable from Classical Latin legumen, literally , anything that can be gathered from legere, to gather: see logic
- A plant of the pea family.
- a. A pod of such a plant, which splits into two valves with the seeds attached to one edge of the valves.b. Such a pod or seed used as food. Peas, beans, and lentils are legumes.
Origin of legumeFrench légume from Latin legūmen bean
- The fruit or seed of leguminous plants (as peas or beans) used for food.
- Any of a large family (Leguminosae syn. Fabaceae) of dicotyledonous herbs, shrubs, and trees having fruits that are legumes or loments, bearing nodules on the roots that contain nitrogen-fixing bacteria, and including important food and forage plants (as peas, beans, or clovers).
- A pod dehiscent into two pieces or valves, and having the seed attached at one suture, as that of the pea.