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Definition of Legumes

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plant belonging to the legume family; pod or seed container produced by a legume plant; vegetable belonging to the legume family
Legumes Definition from Science & Technology Dictionaries & Glossaries
BioProcess International™ Glossary
any of a large family (Leguminosae) of plants with nodules on their roots that contain nitrogen-fixing bacteria, including important food and forage plants such as peas, beans, alfalfas, and clovers.
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Legumes Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
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A legume is a plant in the family Fabaceae (or Leguminosae), or the fruit or seed of such a plant. Legumes are grown agriculturally, primarily for their food grain seed (e.g. beans and lentils, or generally pulse), for livestock forage and silage, and as soil-enhancing green manure. Legumes are notable in that most of them have symbiotic nitrogen-fixing bacteria in structures called root nodules. Well-known legumes include alfalfa, clover, peas, beans, lentils, lupins, mesquite, carob, soybeans, peanuts, tamarind, and the woody climbing vine wisteria. Legume trees like the Locust trees (Gleditsia, Robinia) or the Kentucky coffeetree (Gymnocladus dioicus) can be used in permaculture food forests.

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Legumes Definition from Society & Culture Dictionaries & Glossaries
Dictionary Of Cooking And Food Terms
(French) Dried beans, peas, lentils and such.
Legumes Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
WordNet 2.0

Noun
1. an erect or climbing bean or pea plant of the family Leguminosae
(synonym) leguminous plant
(hypernym) herb, herbaceous plant
(hyponym) peanut, peanut vine, Arachis hypogaea
(member-holonym) Leguminosae, family Leguminosae, Fabaceae, family Fabaceae, legume family, pea family
2. the fruit or seed of any of various bean or pea plants consisting of a two-valved case that splits along both sides when ripe and having the seeds attached to one edge of the valves
(hypernym) pod, seedpod
(hyponym) chickpea, garbanzo
(part-holonym) leguminous plant
3. the seedpod of a leguminous plant (such as peas or beans or lentils)
(hypernym) vegetable, veggie
(hyponym) pulse
(substance-meronym) protein