legume

noun
le·​gume | \ ˈle-ˌgyüm How to pronounce legume (audio) , li-ˈgyüm How to pronounce legume (audio) \

Definition of legume

1a : the fruit or seed of plants of the legume family (such as peas or beans) used for food
b : a vegetable used for food
2 : any of a large family (Leguminosae synonym Fabaceae, the legume family) of dicotyledonous herbs, shrubs, and trees having fruits that are legumes (sense 3) or loments, bearing nodules on the roots that contain nitrogen-fixing bacteria, and including important food and forage plants (such as peas, beans, or clovers)
3 : a dry dehiscent one-celled fruit developed from a simple superior ovary and usually dehiscing into two valves with the seeds attached to the ventral suture : pod

Examples of legume in a Sentence

recipes that include legumes like lentils and chickpeas

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To that end, an international team is poised to release the entire genomic sequence of the pea, opening the tiny legume up for genetic studies. Larissa Zimberoff, Time, "The Rise of the Pea: How an Unassuming Legume Emerged as a Frontrunner in the Race to Replace Meat and Dairy," 15 Aug. 2019 These are among the legumes, which include peas and beans. Maureen Gilmer, idahostatesman, "Lupine is tailor-made for gardens in the West," 7 Feb. 2018 Field peas/oats This dynamic duo combines the benefits of a legume (peas) that fixes nitrogen and a grain (oats) that contributes plenty of organic matter. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need To Know About Planting Cover Crops For A Healthy Garden," 22 Aug. 2017 But beyond plain rice, there are blends with other grains and legumes. Tamar Haspel, Washington Post, "All processed food isn’t bad. We took a nutritionist shopping to find reasonable options.," 9 Sep. 2019 What fiber does Dietary fiber is a kind of carb found in plant foods, including whole grains (like oats, barley, and whole wheat pasta), legumes (lentils, beans), nuts, seeds, fruits, and vegetables. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "How Much Fiber Should I Be Eating to Feel Regular?," 30 May 2019 These health benefits may result from the fact that vegetarian and vegan diets tend to be rich in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, soy foods, nuts and seeds, and lower in saturated fat. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Black Bean and Corn Enchilada Casserole: Fiber rich and vegetarian," 7 Sep. 2019 Researchers have tended to study such microbial communities—found in animal guts and in nitrogen-fixing nodules on legume roots, for example—in isolation. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "No microbiome is an island, unprecedented survey of Hawaiian valley reveals," 28 Aug. 2019 There are different versions of keto, but all ban carb-rich foods — even whole grain breads, legumes, starchy vegetables, and many fruits — and emphasize high-fat foods, like fatty cuts of meat, avocados, and vegetable oil. Neil Swidey, BostonGlobe.com, "Diet advice changes by the minute. How are we supposed to figure out what to eat?," 20 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of legume

1676, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for legume

French légume, from Latin legumin-, legumen leguminous plant, from legere to gather — more at legend

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legume

noun

English Language Learners Definition of legume

: a type of plant (such as a pea or a bean plant) with seeds that grow in long cases (called pods) also : these seeds eaten as food

legume

noun
le·​gume | \ ˈle-ˌgyüm How to pronounce legume (audio) \

Kids Definition of legume

: any of a large group of plants (as peas, beans, and clover) with fruits that are pods which split into two parts and root nodules containing bacteria that fix nitrogen

legume

noun
le·​gume | \ ˈleg-ˌyüm How to pronounce legume (audio) , li-ˈgyüm How to pronounce legume (audio) \

Medical Definition of legume

1 : the fruit or seed of leguminous plants (as peas or beans) used for food
2 : any plant of the family Leguminosae

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