soybean

noun
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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Examples of soybean in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the past five years of corn and soybean futures prices, there were no instances of this kind of wild price move. M. Todd Henderson, WSJ, 15 June 2022 That’s how much money the U.S gained from improvements in air quality between 1999 and 2019 that fueled a 20% growth in corn and soybean crops, according to previous research conducted by two of the Science Advances study authors. Madeline Halpert, Forbes, 1 June 2022 Formulated for sensitive skin that's easily inflamed or dehydrated, this Eucerin body wash is made with skin-coddling botanical oils, like soybean and castor. April Franzino, Good Housekeeping, 2 June 2022 Brazil books cargoes in June for the August-October soybean harvest, when most grains reach port via long trucking routes. Reuters, CNN, 24 May 2022 Wheat, corn, soybean, rapeseed and palm oil prices have rallied since Russia invaded Ukraine, with wheat and corn prices up around 60% and 30%, respectively, since the beginning of 2022. Megha Mandavia, WSJ, 19 May 2022 Thirty-five percent of world’s production of vegetable oil is palm oil, 29 percent is soybean, 14 percent is canola and 9 percent is sunflower oil, according to U.S Agriculture Department data. Washington Post, 11 May 2022 In 2018, just 2,900 farms in Mississippi received over $170 million in soybean subsidies while Mississippi farmers, as a whole, received $363 million in subsidies and payments. Dania Francis, The New Republic, 5 May 2022 The more professional operations mean hogs are eating more corn, soybean meal and other feed grains. Bloomberg.com, 8 Dec. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of soybean

1802, in the meaning defined above

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22 Jun 2022

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“Soybean.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/soybean. Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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More Definitions for soybean

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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