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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Once that was put together, getting the still wet soybeans out was slow going. Washington Post, "‘Like quicksand’: Ohio farmer survives soybean entrapment," 15 June 2019 Once that was put together, getting the still wet soybeans out was slow going. Mitch Stacy, BostonGlobe.com, "‘Like quicksand’: Ohio farmer survives soybean entrapment," 15 June 2019 Corn and soybean planting usually starts by May 1, if not earlier. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan's climate: Models project 30% increase in rain and snow, plus rising temps," 13 June 2019 While weather problems also have slowed soybean planting, the USDA didn’t change estimates because farmers have several more weeks to plant. USA TODAY, "Pride pickup, sphinx on move, Tony Stark’s cabin: News from around our 50 states," 13 June 2019 As of June 9, just 60% of America’s soybean acres had been planted in our highest-producing states, compared with nearly 90% typically planted by this time of year. Beth Ford, Fortune, "Land O’Lakes CEO: Farmers Are in Crisis—and America Isn’t Paying Attention," 11 June 2019 The May drop was sharper than many economists’ expectations, and though weaker prices for commodities such as soybeans played a role, some economists pointed to waning momentum in the broader... WSJ, "China Imports Fall as Trade Conflict With U.S. Saps Demand," 10 June 2019 And President Donald Trump has talked about doing it with soybeans. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, "Real World Economics: Weather, bad crops and lasting effects," 9 June 2019 Beijing has counterpunched by targeting $110 billion worth of American products, focusing on farm goods such as soybeans in a deliberate effort to inflict pain on Trump supporters in the U.S. heartland. NBC News, "With Mexico deal done, U.S. urges China to resume trade talks," 8 June 2019

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First Known Use of soybean

1802, in the meaning defined above

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soybean

noun

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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