soya bean


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n soya bean the most highly proteinaceous vegetable known; the fruit of the soybean plant is used in a variety of foods and as fodder (especially as a replacement for animal protein)
    • n soya bean erect bushy hairy annual herb having trifoliate leaves and purple to pink flowers; extensively cultivated for food and forage and soil improvement but especially for its nutritious oil-rich seeds; native to Asia
    • n soya bean a source of oil; used for forage and soil improvement and as food
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  • John Betjeman
    John Betjeman
    “I have a Vision of the Future, chum. The workers flats in fields of soya beans tower up like silver pencils, score on score.”


In literature:

Tea, silk, raw cotton, grain, the soya bean, etc., are crops in which China excels.
"The Problem of China" by Bertrand Russell
In some places I saw soya bean being grown between the rows as green manuring.
"The Foundations of Japan" by J.W. Robertson Scott
Other food crops are wheat, barley, and the soya bean, but these not numerously so.
"Up To Date Business" by Various
Metcalf & Co., Boston (soya bean meal).
"Dietetics for Nurses" by Fairfax T. Proudfit
Soya bean oil, wood oil, and fish oil present themselves as candidates for such use.
"Paint Technology and Tests" by Henry A. Gardner