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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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 China has threatened its own retaliatory tariffs on American goods, including soybeans, pork and steel. Alan Rappeport, New York Times, "Trump Expected to List China Tariffs, Potentially Reigniting Trade War," 14 June 2018 Adding soybean meal will make the resulting change a bit more lasting, so an equal mix of the two is ideal. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "Plants starting to look a little crowded? Here’s how to thin them out," 28 June 2018 But growing Chinese demand for soybean imports has been a brightspot. Chris Matthews, Fortune, "What It’s Like to Be a Soybean Farmer During a Trade War," 20 Apr. 2018 Commodities such as soybeans, copper and iron ore saw the biggest demand. Danielle Paquette, Washington Post, "China vows to save its companies from trade war pain — with cash," 10 July 2018 But from 2006 to 2016, more than half the conservation land within a mile of bee colonies was converted into agriculture, usually row crops such as soybeans and corn, said the study’s lead author Clint Otto of the U.S. Geological Survey. Seth Borenstein, The Seattle Times, "Honeybees finding it harder to eat at America’s bee hot spot," 2 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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