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leguminous

[li-gyoo-muh-nuh s]
adjective
  1. pertaining to, of the nature of, or bearing legumes.
  2. belonging to the Leguminosae.
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Origin of leguminous

1650–60; < Latin legūmin- (stem of legūmen; see legume) + -ous
Related formsnon·le·gu·mi·nous, adjective
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leguminous

adjective
  1. 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
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Word Origin for leguminous

C17: from Latin legūmen; see legume
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Word Origin and History for leguminous

adj.

early 15c., from Latin legumen (see legume) + -ous.

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leguminous in Science

legume

[lĕgyōōm′, lə-gyōōm]
  1. 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.
  2. The seed pod of such a plant.
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Related formsleguminous adjective
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