soy·​bean | \ ˈsȯi-ˌbēn How to pronounce soybean (audio) \
variants: or chiefly British soya bean \ ˈsȯi-​ə-​ How to pronounce soybean (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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Recent Examples on the Web The deer might shift south to feed in corn and soybean crops, Jennelle said, before returning north after the crops are harvested. Star Tribune, "Even in this cold, deer can endure bitter winters," 13 Feb. 2021 In about a four-week period just as harvest began, corn and soybean prices climbed 20%. Evan Ramstad, Star Tribune, "For Minnesota farmers, 2020 was nothing like they expected and surprisingly profitable," 9 Jan. 2021 These obstacles are part of the reason why just 8% of corn and soybean farmland in Indiana has cover crops planted on it. London Gibson, The Indianapolis Star, "'The biggest obstacle is change': How farmers are being convinced to update their methods," 18 Jan. 2021 Still, Minnesota Farm Bureau president Kevin Paap predicted that ethanol would play a bigger role in the nation’s farm vote than retaliatory Chinese tariffs that hammered soybean sales. Jim Spencer, Star Tribune, "Ethanol waivers become central issue in presidential battle for Minnesota farm votes," 18 Sep. 2020 After the announcement, Wheeler toured the Dabbs farm, where Dabbs explained how his family uses data from the UA Discovery Farm Program, which studies his farm's water use and soil, to more efficiently fertilize his rice and soybean fields. Neal Earley, Arkansas Online, "Arkansas receives $3.2M EPA grant to combat water pollution," 21 Nov. 2020 The response is the same across broad stretches of Robeson County, N.C., a swath of small towns and rural places like Orrum dotted among soybean fields and hog farms on the South Carolina border. Dan Levin, New York Times, "In Rural ‘Dead Zones,’ School Comes on a Flash Drive," 13 Nov. 2020 There are tens of thousands of acres of marginal farmland that were cleared for crop production back when soybean prices were high. Rex Nelson, Arkansas Online, "Hopes for 2021," 27 Dec. 2020 The Ketotarian diet also focuses on sourcing organic foods whenever possible and avoiding seed oils such as corn and soybean due to their inflammatory effect. Karla Walsh, Woman's Day, "Everything You Need To Know About The Keto Diet," 21 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of soybean

1802, in the meaning defined above

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22 Feb 2021

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“Soybean.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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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


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


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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