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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Vegan Bowl at Chipotle When ordering your bowl at Chipotle, opt for sofritas, which are basically shredded organic soybeans, poblano pepper, cumin, and chipotle chile. Sophia Caraballo, Woman's Day, "10 Fast-Food Options for Vegetarians," 17 Apr. 2019 Farmers take a hit The pressure on American farmers – in particular soybean, dairy and pork – is building as a result of escalating retaliatory tariffs from some of the U.S.’ top trading partners. Emilie Ikeda, Fox News, "State fairs serve as unique opportunity for farmers to talk tariffs," 19 Aug. 2018 Trade disputes with major buyers of U.S. farm commodities such as China and Mexico have further rocked agricultural markets already struggling from a multiyear slump in prices for corn, soybeans and other commodities, caused by a world-wide glut. Bob Tita, WSJ, "Deere Says Trade Tensions Holding Down Sales," 15 Feb. 2019 Farms that produce corn, soybeans, milk, and beef were suffering due to low global demand and low prices, according to economists, and Trump’s trade war is making the problem even worse. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "US farms are going bankrupt at an alarming rate. Trump’s trade war is partially to blame.," 27 Nov. 2018 Milkweed has been in rapid retreat, crowded by urban development, attacked along roadways, and driven from pastoral landscapes by herbicides that spare resistant corn and soybeans. Calvin Woodward, Fox News, "A makeover for milkweed, for the sake of butterflies," 31 July 2018 By the end of the century, corn and soybean yields could fall by 25 percent, the report found. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Climate Change Could Cost The United States Economy Hundreds of Billions Annually," 26 Nov. 2018 Most commercial farms around here grow industrial crops like corn and soybeans, while the fruits and vegetables at the grocery stores are from California, Florida, or another part of the world. Sandy M. Fernandez, Woman's Day, "How Three Women Are Pioneering to End Hunger in the U.S.," 14 Nov. 2018 China imposed tariffs on a list of American goods that include soybeans, pork and electric vehicles. Gregory Pratt,, "CTA deal tops agenda as Emanuel heads to China next week," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of soybean

1802, in the meaning defined above

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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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