• WordNet 3.6
    • n legume the seedpod of a leguminous plant (such as peas or beans or lentils)
    • n legume an erect or climbing bean or pea plant of the family Leguminosae
    • n legume the fruit or seed of any of various bean or pea plants consisting of a case that splits along both sides when ripe and having the seeds attach to one side of the case
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The peanut is not a nut, it is actually a legume
    • Legume (Bot) A pod dehiscent into two pieces or valves, and having the seed attached at one suture, as that of the pea.
    • Legume The fruit of leguminous plants, as peas, beans, lupines; pulse.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: A peanut is not a nut. It is a legume.
    • n legume plural The fruit of leguminous plants of the pea kind; pulse.
    • n legume A pod formed of a simple pistil, which is dehiscent by both sutures and so divides into two valves, the seeds being borne at the inner or ventral suture only. The name is confined to the fruit of the leguminosæ. In the modification of the legume called a Loment the pod breaks up into indehiscent joints. See cut under loment.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Legume leg′ūm a seed-vessel which splits into two valves, having the seeds attached to the ventral suture only: a pod, as of the pea, bean, &c
    • Legume also Legū′men:—pl. Legū′mens, Legū′mina
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. légume, L. legumen, fr. legere, to gather. So called because they may be gathered without cutting. See Legend


In literature:

He wrote in Latin a treatise, "De natura Legis Naturae," and another, "De laudibus Legum Angliae.
"A Literary History of the English People" by Jean Jules Jusserand
Griffith infers, from this specimen, that the legume is not to be considered as a terminal leaf.
"Vegetable Teratology" by Maxwell T. Masters
An illustration is afforded in the case of legumes grown for the maintenance of soil fertility.
"Crops and Methods for Soil Improvement" by Alva Agee
Vegetables may be roughly classified as legumes, roots and tubers, and green vegetables, and will now be considered briefly in the order named.
"Health on the Farm" by H. F. Harris
Legume and cream soups will furnish a satisfactory meal by themselves.
"Food for the Traveler" by Dora Cathrine Cristine Liebel Roper
Some of the legumes should be brought in.
"The Pecan and its Culture" by H. Harold Hume
Roasted legumes and lumps of chicory, when present in whole roasted coffee, can be picked out and identified microscopically.
"All About Coffee" by William H. Ukers
Grain, sunflowers, and legumes are grown in this area.
"Area Handbook for Romania" by Eugene K. Keefe, Donald W. Bernier, Lyle E. Brenneman, William Giloane, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
The legumes include a large family of plants of which the bean, the pea and the clovers are outstanding examples.
"A Living from the Land" by William B. Duryee
Green, or fresh legumes are more easily digested than the dried legumes.
"Dietetics for Nurses" by Fairfax T. Proudfit

In poetry:

Developing by every art
To floriculture known,
From tares exempt, and kept apart,
Careful, as if in some fond heart
Its legume germs were sown.
"Sweet Peas" by Hattie Howard
The words themselves are a delight to learn,
You might be in a foreign land of terms
Like samara, capsule, drupe, legume and pome,
Where bark is papery, plated, warty or smooth.
"Learning the Trees" by Howard Nemerov
If so those pink-eyed glories,
In fields and orchards gay
Develop luscious fruitage
By Horticulture's way,
Then, sweet as the heart of rich legumes,
Shall luxury follow the apple blooms.
"Apple Blossoms" by Hattie Howard

In news:

As a result, the soybean is one of the few legumes to which Americans are regularly exposed.
But while interest in soyfoods and exposure to soy protein have increased, Americans have a limited relationship with other legumes .
But between the small boost given legumes of all types by the new Dietary Guidelines for Americans and consumers' growing appetite to try new things, beans of all varieties may be poised for a renaissance.
The lean protein, legumes, and vegetables make this chili healthy, yet hearty and satisfying.
Legumes, lentils and beans are good for you, and end up costing less than unhealthy food when you calculate the price per average amount consumed.
These folks (or animals, or cartoons, or legumes) got at least one write-in vote for US Senate or president in Fairfax County.
Www.kansassoybeans.org Soybeans belong to the legume family and are native to East Asia.
Producers could also use aerial maps while walking pastures this fall to mark areas that may need frost seeded with legumes in February or March.
Peanuts (which are actually legumes, not truly nuts) originated in South America over 7,600 years ago.
Peanut butter, the everyman staple, which contains neither butter nor nuts ( peanuts are legumes), originated as a health food of the upper classes.
Peanut butter , the everyman staple, which contains neither butter nor nuts (peanuts are legumes), originated as a health food of the upper classes.
It is actually a vegetable belonging to the legume family, which includes peas and beans.
A small town in Bladen County grew in size over the weekend thanks to the local love of legumes.
Give your meal a nutritional boost by adding either of these healthy legumes.
Peanuts (which are actually legumes, not truly nuts) originated in South America over 7,600 years ago.