[ leg-yoom, li-gyoom ]
/ ˈlɛg yum, lɪˈgyum /
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Origin of legume
1670–80; < French légume vegetable < Latin legūmen pulse, a leguminous plant, derivative of legere to gather
OTHER WORDS FROM legumenon·leg·ume, noun
Words nearby legume
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British Dictionary definitions for non-legumes
/ (ˈlɛɡjuːm, lɪˈɡjuːm) /
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 for legume
C17: from French légume, from Latin legūmen bean, from legere to pick (a crop)
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Scientific definitions for non-legumes
[ lĕg′yōōm′, lə-gyōōm′ ]
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.
Other words from legumeleguminous adjective
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