Legume meaning

lĕgyo͝om, lə-gyo͝om
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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.

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The pod or seed of some members of this order, used for food.
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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.
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The fruit or seed of leguminous plants (as peas or beans) used for food.
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The seed pod of such a plant.
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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).
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A pod dehiscent into two pieces or valves, and having the seed attached at one suture, as that of the pea.
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A plant of the pea family.
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Any of a large number of eudicot plants belonging to the family Fabaceae (or Leguminosae). 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.
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Origin of legume

  • French légume from Latin legūmen bean

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French légume, from Latin legÅ«men (“bean").

    From Wiktionary