Definition of Legume

1. Noun. An erect or climbing bean or pea plant of the family Leguminosae.




2. Noun. The fruit or seed of any of various bean or pea plants consisting of a case that splits along both sides when ripe and having the seeds attach to one side of the case.
Group relationships: Leguminous Plant
Specialized synonyms: Chickpea, Garbanzo, Lentil, Pea, Field Pea, Black-eyed Pea, Cowpea
Generic synonyms: Pod, Seedpod

3. Noun. The seedpod of a leguminous plant (such as peas or beans or lentils).
Generic synonyms: Veg, Vegetable, Veggie
Specialized synonyms: Pulse, Bean, Edible Bean, Lentil, Pea, Chickpea, Garbanzo, Black-eyed Pea, Cowpea
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Definition of Legume

1. n. A pod dehiscent into two pieces or valves, and having the seed attached at one suture, as that of the pea.

Definition of Legume

1. Noun. The fruit or seed of leguminous plants (as peas or beans) used for food. ¹

2. Noun. Any of a large family (Leguminosae syn. Fabaceae) of dicotyledonous herbs, shrubs, and trees having fruits that are legumes or loments, bearing nodules on the roots that contain nitrogen-fixing bacteria, and including important food and forage plants (as peas, beans, or clovers). ¹

3. Noun. A pod dehiscent into two pieces or valves, and having the seed attached at one suture, as that of the pea. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Legume

1. a type of plant [n -S]

Medical Definition of Legume

1. A member of the pea family (Fabaceae) that possesses root nodules containing nitrogen-fixing bacteria. (09 Oct 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Legume

legongs
legos
legplate
legrandite
legroom
legrooms
legrope
legs
legs eleven
legspinner
legspinners
leguaan
leguaans
leguleian
leguleians
legume (current term)
legume family
legumes
legumin
leguminious
leguminivorous
leguminous
leguminous plant
legumins
legwarmer
legwarmers
legwear
legwears
legwork
legworks

Literary usage of Legume

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Familiar Lectures on Botany, Practical, Elementary, and Physiological: With by Lincoln Phelps (1849)
"Keel of the corolla deflected from the standard; legume compressed, ... Calyx spreading; keel with a subulate spur both sides ; legume linear, small, ..."

2. Manual of Botany for North America: Containing Generic and Specific by Amos Eaton (1836)
"'Calyx 5- toothed: legume elongated (terete or linear) divided into many cells (or ... Calyx 2-lipped: anthers 5 oblong and 5 roundish: legume coriaceous, ..."

3. Flora of the Southern United States: Containing an Abridged Description of by Alvan Wentworth Chapman (1897)
"legume fiat and thin, margined on one edge. Trees or shrubs. 12. ... legume 2-celled lengthwise, or 1-celled, with one of the sutures turned inward. ..."

4. Familiar Lectures on Botany: Explaining the Structure, Classification, and by Lincoln Phelps (1854)
"Keel obtuse; legume more or less completely 2-celled ; lower sature ... Keel of the from the standard; legume compressed, spiral, (lucerne clover.j ..."

5. Arboretum Et Fruticetum Britannicum: Or, The Trees and Shrubs of Britain by John Claudius Loudon (1854)
"legume compressed, including many seeds. Leaf with more than three leaflets. ... legume flat, extended far beyond the calyx, containing many seeds. ..."

6. Flora of Tropical Africa by Daniel Oliver (1871)
"legume constricted between the seeds. glabrous, broad 27. ... legume flat, oblong, arcuate, often sinuous on the outer suture, valves coriaceous, ..."

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