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  1. a bushy Old World plant, Glycine max, of the legume family, grown in the U.S., chiefly for forage and soil improvement.
  2. the seed of this plant, used for food, as a livestock feed, and for a variety of other commercial uses.
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Origin of soybean

First recorded in 1795–1805; soy + bean
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1795, from soy + bean (n.).

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