noun plural

Le·​gu·​mi·​no·​sae li-ˌgyü-mə-ˈnō-(ˌ)sē How to pronounce Leguminosae (audio)
: a large family of dicotyledonous herbs, shrubs, and trees having fruits that are legumes or loments, bearing nodules on the roots that contain nitrogen-fixing bacteria, and including important food and forage plants (as peas, beans, or clovers)
leguminous adjective

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“Leguminosae.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/Leguminosae. Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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