le·​gu·​mi·​nous | \ li-ˈgyü-mə-nəs How to pronounce leguminous (audio) , le- \

Definition of leguminous

1 : of, resembling, or consisting of legumes (such as peas)
2 : of or relating to the legume family

Examples of leguminous in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Tamarind is a leguminous fruit native to Africa, tart and full of citrus notes. Rebecca White, Dallas News, 27 Oct. 2020 Farmers plant leguminous shrubs such as Gliricidia sepium in crop fields. Eric Toensmeier, Scientific American, 1 Aug. 2020 One great way to boost nitrogen is by planting leguminous cover crops, such as alfalfa, clover, hairy vetch, or peas. Beth Hanson, Good Housekeeping, 24 Aug. 2015

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First Known Use of leguminous

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Leguminous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leguminous. Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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