Definition of legume
1a : the fruit or seed of plants of the legume family (such as peas or beans) used for foodb : 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
Recent Examples of legume from the Web
Rather than offering starchy pastas, couples are opting for dishes such as legume or zucchini pastas and cauliflower rice or steak.
The best cancer-fighting foods Beans: Kidney, pinto and black beans, and yellow split peas and red lentils are on the lineup of legumes rich in antioxidants.
Mr. Peanut — the top hat-wearing, monocle-sporting legume that has been the face of Planters for nearly a century — will speak for the first time in animated advertisements that will hit Facebook this Tuesday.
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LEGUME Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of legume for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of legume for Students
: 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
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