Origin of legume
Examples from the Web for legume
If you can find it, opt for a soup with a legume base like lentil or black bean.9 Unhealthiest Takeout Foods
October 24, 2010
The pod or legume, which splits into two valves, with placenta on one side.Field and Woodland Plants
William S. Furneaux
The legume has only one or two seeds, and it is so small as generally to be hidden by the calyx.Botany for Ladies
Legume, a simple pod which dehisces in two pieces, like that of the Pea, 122.
Pod, specially a legume, 122; also may be applied to any sort of capsule.
Legume, a plant belonging to the bean, pea and clover family.The First Book of Farming
Charles L. Goodrich
- the long dry dehiscent fruit produced by leguminous plants; a pod
- any table vegetable of the family Fabaceae (formerly Leguminosae), esp beans or peas
- any leguminous plant
Word Origin and History for legume
plant of the group of the pulse family, 1670s, from French légume (16c.), from Latin legumen "pulse, leguminous plant," of unknown origin. One suggestion ties it to Latin legere "to gather" (see lecture (n.)), because they can be scooped by the handful. Used in Middle English in the Latin form legumen (late 14c.).
- 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.
- The seed pod of such a plant.