soybean

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noun soy·bean \ˈsȯi-ˌbēn\
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soya bean

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Definition of soybean

  1. :  a hairy annual Asian legume (Glycine max) widely grown for its oil-rich proteinaceous seeds and for forage and soil improvement; also :  its seed

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First Known Use of soybean

1802


SOYBEAN Defined for English Language Learners

soybean

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Definition of soybean for English Language Learners

  • : the bean of an Asian plant that contains a large amount of protein and that is used as a food


SOYBEAN Defined for Kids

soybean

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noun soy·bean \ˈsȯi-ˌbēn\

Definition of soybean for Students

  1. :  the edible seed of an Asian plant that is rich in protein


Medical Dictionary

soybean

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noun soy·bean \ˈsȯi-ˌbēn\
variants: also

soya bean

Medical Definition of soybean

  1. :  a hairy annual Asian legume (Glycine max) grown for its oil-rich proteinaceous seeds and for forage and soil improvement; also :  its seed



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