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soya bean

US and Canadian soybean (ˈsɔɪˌbiːn)

/ (ˈsɔɪə) /
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noun

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

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Word Origin for soya bean

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