Soy Definition

Webster's New World
The soybean plant or its seeds.
Webster's New World

A Chinese and Japanese liquid sauce for fish, made by subjecting boiled beans to long fermentation and then long digestion in salt and water. US preference is the term soy sauce.

I like a little soy with my rice.

Origin of Soy

  • Dutch soja from Japanese shōyu soy sauce from Middle Chinese tsiaŋ` jiw (also the source of Mandarin jiàngyóu) Middle Chinese tsiaŋ` soy paste Middle Chinese jiw oil, sauce

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

  • Probably via Dutch soja, from a Japanese variant of 醤油 (しょうゆ, shōyu), from Middle Chinese 醬油 (tsjàng-yuw), from (“bean paste") + æ²¹ (“oil").

    From Wiktionary

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