le·​gu·​mi·​nous li-ˈgyü-mə-nəs How to pronounce leguminous (audio)
: of, resembling, or consisting of legumes (such as peas)
: of or relating to the legume family

Examples of leguminous in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Beans come from leguminous plants in the Fabaceae family. USA TODAY, 12 July 2023 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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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of leguminous was in the 15th century

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“Leguminous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leguminous. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


le·​gu·​mi·​nous li-ˈgyü-mə-nəs How to pronounce leguminous (audio)
: of, relating to, or consisting of plants that are legumes
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