Definitions

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

  • n. The soybean.
  • n. Soy sauce.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. 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.
  • n. Soybeans. Often used attributively.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A Chinese and Japanese liquid sauce for fish, etc., made by subjecting boiled beans (esp. soybeans), or beans and meal, to long fermentation and then long digestion in salt and water.
  • n. The soybean.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A kind or sauce prepared in the East from the soy-bean (see def. 2).
  • n. The soy-bean or-pea, Glycine Soja (Soja hispida, etc.).

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

  • n. a source of oil; used for forage and soil improvement and as food
  • 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
  • n. thin sauce made of fermented soy beans
  • 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)

Etymologies

Dutch soja, soya, from Japanese shōyu, from Chinese (Mandarin) jiàngyóu, soy sauce : jiàng, soy paste + yóu, sauce.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Probably via Dutch soja, from a Japanese variant of 醤油 (しょうゆ, shōyu), from Chinese 醬油 (jiàngyóu), from ‘bean paste’ + ‘oil’. (Wiktionary)

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