- pertaining to, of the nature of, or bearing legumes.
- belonging to the Leguminosae.
Compare legume family.
Origin of leguminous
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Examples from the Web for leguminous
The lotus is a leguminous plant—so excellent for the salad—not for the roast.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
The turnip and some of the leguminous plants also contain it abundantly.Elements of Agricultural Chemistry
They seemed, however, to belong to the leguminous family of plants.A World of Wonders
There are excellent acacia and other leguminous bushes for the camels.
The pith or medulla of the stem and branches of a leguminous tree (a species of Centrolobium) growing in Brazil.
- of, relating to, or belonging to the Fabaceae (formerly Leguminosae), a family of flowering plants having pods (or legumes) as fruits and root nodules enabling storage of nitrogen-rich material: includes peas, beans, clover, gorse, acacia, and carob
C17: from Latin legūmen; see legume
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Word Origin and History for leguminous
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- 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.
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