- pertaining to, of the nature of, or bearing legumes.
- belonging to the Leguminosae.
Compare legume family.
Origin of leguminous
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- 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 nonleguminous
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