- a bushy Old World plant, Glycine max, of the legume family, grown in the U.S., chiefly for forage and soil improvement.
- the seed of this plant, used for food, as a livestock feed, and for a variety of other commercial uses.
Origin of soybean
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The soybean program is still underway, and is to end this year.How the USDA Blew Millions on Afghan Soybeans
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The dogs have been fried in soybean oil until their exterior skin begins to develop a sensuous crunch.The Jersey Shore’s Biggest Weiners Are at Jimmy Buff’s
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Nix a couple of soybean subsidies and we could have avoided war and just bought the damn country.Up to a Point: P.J. O’Rourke on SOTU, the Super Bowl and Nukes
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But thanks to its patent, Monsanto controls an estimated 90 percent of the soybean market.Supreme Court Supports Monsanto in Patent Dispute
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These products are similar to soybean flour but are not so finely ground.Let's Use Soybeans
The cowpea trails on the ground, and carries its bacteria more successfully than the soybean.
In cool latitudes the soybean is recognized as distinctly more profitable, making larger yields of vines and of seed.
Probably the large yield of rich seed is the most important feature of the soybean crop.
The soybean and red clover have greater usefulness in the center of the corn belt.
Word Origin and History for soybean
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