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Definition of soy

1 or chiefly British soya \ ˈsȯi-​ə How to pronounce soy (audio) \ : soybean Products that contain isoflavones—and are commonly called phytoestrogens—come from plants and legumes (such as soy), and show promise for decreasing hot flashes and may improve cholesterol.— Michelle P. Warren Producing meat in this ever-more crowded world requires creating new pastures and planting more land for imported feeds, particularly soy, instead of relying on local grazing.The New York Times often used before another noun soy milksoy proteina soy latte [=a latte made with soy milk]
2 : a food product made from or containing soy beans: such as
a : soy sauce Roy Choi, the Los Angeles restaurateur, advises sneaking a pat of butter and a splash of soy into instant ramen.— Sam Sifton
b : tofu, bean curd In this narrow slice of a restaurant, house-made fried tofu in three flavors … draws crowds for good reason: The shop renders soy into cubes as light and fluffy as scrambled eggs.Washingtonian

Examples of soy in a Sentence

His book promotes the health benefits of soy. The recipe calls for two tablespoons of soy.
Recent Examples on the Web Sometimes, TikTokers even discover inventive ways to repurpose household items like ice cubes and soy sauce. Editors Of Men's Health, Men's Health, 24 May 2022 Distilled from sorghum and rice, a batch of Moutai goes through eight rounds of subterranean fermentation over the course of a year, a process that gives the spirit an almost savory flavor resembling soy sauce. Ziyu Zhang, CNN, 24 May 2022 Add a tablespoon of sake, a teaspoon of soy sauce (or more to taste), and continue cooking until the shirataki has absorbed the seasonings. Chihiro Tomioka, Bon Appétit, 20 May 2022 While the water comes to a boil, in a small bowl, stir together scallions, sesame seeds, vinegar, soy sauce and sugar with a pinch each of salt and pepper. Andy Baraghani, WSJ, 20 May 2022 Add soy sauce, vinegar, ginger, remaining one teaspoon oil and, if using, gochujang or other hot paste. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, 19 May 2022 Green’s own spice blend is a secret, flavoring the juice that comes from mixing roast chuck beef with hot sauce and soy sauce and wet noodles. Nathaniel Adams, Chron, 18 May 2022 Tokyo chicken still gets its kicks from soy sauce, ginger, garlic, sake — a long list of flavoring agents applied a day before the thigh meat is served, each nugget crisp from a dusting of tapioca and cornstarch. Washington Post, 18 May 2022 The project, despite the fact that it’s a giant swath of plastic, has been made out to be ecologically passable: the turf is partially soy-based, and because it will be reused afterward, its wastefulness will be mitigated. Christopher Bonanos, Curbed, 16 Apr. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of soy

1696, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for soy

Japanese shōyu

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28 May 2022

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“Soy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2022.

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