Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The soybean.

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  • n. soya bean

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Dill. Also sowa.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the most highly proteinaceous vegetable known; the fruit of the soybean plant is used in a variety of foods and as fodder (especially as a replacement for animal protein)
  • n. erect bushy hairy annual herb having trifoliate leaves and purple to pink flowers; extensively cultivated for food and forage and soil improvement but especially for its nutritious oil-rich seeds; native to Asia

Etymologies

Dutch; see soy.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • Add flavor such as soya sauce, oyster sauce, sesame oil, to your like.

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  • You can also find dairy-free yogurts and ice creams, and even chocolate, made from dairy substitutes such as soya and hemp.

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  • just plain tofu, listed as a cheese in Larousse Gastronomique.

    January 19, 2009