[li-gyoo-muh-nuh s]


pertaining to, of the nature of, or bearing legumes.
belonging to the Leguminosae.

Compare legume family.

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



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

Word Origin for leguminous

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



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

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