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leguminous

[li-gyoo-muh-nuh s]
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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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British Dictionary definitions for nonleguminous

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

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

leguminous

adj.

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

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