American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. 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.
- n. Such a pod or seed used as food.
- n. A plant of the pea family.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. plural The fruit of leguminous plants of the pea kind; pulse.
- n. A pod formed of a simple pistil, which is dehiscent by both sutures and so divides into two valves, the seeds being borne at the inner or ventral suture only. The name is confined to the fruit of the leguminosæ. In the modification of the legume called a Loment the pod breaks up into indehiscent joints. See cut under
- n. The fruit or seed of leguminous plants (as peas or beans) used for food.
- n. 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).
- n. A pod dehiscent into two pieces or valves, and having the seed attached at one suture, as that of the pea.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) A pod dehiscent into two pieces or valves, and having the seed attached at one suture, as that of the pea.
- n. The fruit of leguminous plants, as peas, beans, lupines; pulse.
- n. an erect or climbing bean or pea plant of the family Leguminosae
- n. the fruit or seed of any of various bean or pea plants consisting of a case that splits along both sides when ripe and having the seeds attach to one side of the case
- n. the seedpod of a leguminous plant (such as peas or beans or lentils)
- From French légume, from Latin legūmen ("bean"). (Wiktionary)
- French légume, from Latin legūmen, bean. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“As the application of fertilizers is not always economical in the semi-arid tropics of Niger, non-fertilizer-based methods to improve soil conditions, such as legume use, deserve special attention.”
“I particularly like the combination of cannellini beans and dark leafy vegetables such as the kale I used today, but any kind of legume such as kidney beans, chickpeas or even lentils would be delicious in this recipe.”
“Meat alternatives like plant food such as legume, nuts and beancurd they also provide the same vitamins and minerals that you can get from meat products.”
“The legume has been a popular food since ancient days.”
“Even as plantations of Brazilian rubber take over tropical forests in Southeast Asia, plantations of soybeans, a Chinese legume, are replacing almost 80,000 square miles of the southern Amazon, an area almost the size of Britain.”
“If in the unforeseeable but likely event that we will find ourselves in similar circumstances such as the ones we've survived heroically, and through divine intervention or bad luck or both are offered this vert legume, promise me, this, love.”
“A switch to legume-dominated forests and grasslands would be a truly major ecological switch (most grasslands today are, if I recall correctly, not more than 10-20% legume) and result in the extinction of untold numbers of life forms.”
“A quick-cooking legume, dried black-eyed peas cook up in about 40 minutes.”
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