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soya bean

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  1. soybean.

Origin of soya bean

soya < Dutch sojaJapanese; see soy
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British Dictionary definitions for soya bean

soya bean

US and Canadian soybean (ˈsɔɪˌbiːn)

  1. an Asian bean plant, Glycine max (or G. soja), cultivated for its nutritious seeds, for forage, and to improve the soil
  2. the seed of this plant, used as food, forage, and as the source of an oil

Word Origin

C17 soya, via Dutch soya from Japanese shōyu, from Chinese chiang yu, from chiang paste + yu sauce
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