soybean

noun
soy·​bean | \ ˈsȯi-ˌbēn How to pronounce soybean (audio) \
variants: or less commonly soya bean \ ˈsȯi-​ə-​ How to pronounce soya bean (audio) \

Definition of soybean

: 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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Examples of soybean in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Others, say Jackson County soybean growers, may see tens of thousands decline in net income. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, "Real World Economics: Time to explain the basics of trade," 15 Sep. 2019 Retaliation Beijing also has retaliated by canceling purchases of soybeans, the biggest single U.S. export to China. CBS News, "Stocks jump on word U.S.-China trade talks to resume in October," 5 Sep. 2019 The biggest economic interest groups eating away at the Amazon are cattle grazers and soybean growers. Washington Post, "What you need to know about the Amazon rainforest fires," 27 Aug. 2019 Later, soybean growers expand by taking over pasture lands. oregonlive.com, "What you need to know about the Amazon rainforest fires," 27 Aug. 2019 Later, soybean growers expand by taking over pasture lands. Andrew Freedman, BostonGlobe.com, "What you need to know about the Amazon rainforest fires," 27 Aug. 2019 That led China on Monday to cut purchases of soybeans and push down the value of the yuan, which led Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin later Monday to declare China a currency manipulator. Alan Murray, Fortune, "The Recession Watch Is Back On: CEO Daily," 6 Aug. 2019 The fields of soybeans and corn passed quickly, in the era before traffic congestion at outlet malls slowed the race to the boardwalk. Jacques Kelly, baltimoresun.com, "Heading to Ocean City and Rehoboth beaches in the ’70s, the journey was half the fun," 2 Aug. 2019 The effects of the trade war have been largely limited to farmers of commodities that China has targeted, namely soybeans, but also sorghum, cotton and corn. Diego Mendoza-moyers, ExpressNews.com, "Trade war weighs on Texas farmers as exports plummet," 13 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of soybean

1802, in the meaning defined above

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soybean

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English Language Learners Definition of soybean

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

soybean

noun
soy·​bean | \ ˈsȯi-ˌbēn How to pronounce soybean (audio) \

Kids Definition of soybean

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

soybean

noun
soy·​bean | \ ˈsȯi-ˌbēn How to pronounce soybean (audio) \
variants: also soya bean

Medical Definition of soybean

: 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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