soy·bean | \ˈsȯi-ˌbēn \
variants: or less commonly soya bean \ˈsȯi-ə- \

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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The Communist Party newspaper People's Daily said they were imposed on a $34 billion list of goods issued last month that included soybeans, pork and electric vehicles. CBS News, "As U.S. tariffs take effect, China says it will retaliate," 6 July 2018 At the top of the list is Washington state, which could see tariffs on more than $6 billion in exports — more than half of it aimed at sales of soybeans. Matthew Kauffman,, "From Whiskey To Lobsters, States Brace For Retaliatory Tariffs," 3 July 2018 The top 10 soybean-producing states have a distinctly red political cast to them. NBC News, "In Trump's trade war, China takes aim at vulnerable counties," 24 June 2018 Beijing immediately responded with tariffs on U.S. soybeans, meat and vehicles. Bloomberg, Fortune, "Trump's Trade War Has Its First Victims in the U.S. and China. Here's Who They Are," 9 July 2018 Beijing is threatening to respond to a direct tariff attack with duties of its own on everything from American soybeans to airplanes. Andrew Mayeda,, "Why Trump's Trade War Isn't Worrying Most Economists, Yet," 5 June 2018 Indiana ranks in the top five for soybean, corn, turkey and hog production. Seth Slabaugh, Indianapolis Star, "Sen. Joe Donnelly needs to keep his pro-Trump voters. But can he?," 12 July 2018 But this drop may well prove to be temporary, as it was driven by a surge in exports led by soybeans and commercial aircraft. Brooks Jackson,, "Trump's Numbers (Second Quarterly Update) | FactCheck," 11 July 2018 The American trade war against China ramps up, with China imposing tariffs on US pork, soybeans, and yes, autos. Aarian Marshall, WIRED, "This Week in the Future of Cars: Lofty Goals, Raw Ambition," 7 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

: the bean of an Asian plant that contains a large amount of protein and that is used as a food


soy·bean | \ˈsȯi-ˌbēn \

Kids Definition of soybean

: the edible seed of an Asian plant that is rich in protein


soy·bean | \ˈsȯi-ˌbēn \
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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