legume legume  /ˈlɛ� ˌ�jum/


  1. (n) an erect or climbing bean or pea plant of the family Leguminosae
  2. (n) 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
  3. (n) the seedpod of a leguminous plant (such as peas or beans or lentils)


  1. As a legume, the winged bean converts its own nitrogen from the atmosphere, thanks to a happy symbiosis with guest Rhizobium bacteria in the plant's potato-like tubers.
  2. Any legume will do, even peas, peanuts and soy.
  3. When he introduced legume crops to improve the soil, some religious villagers opposed the plowing-in of the live green growth.


  1. Spotted knapweed in dairy pastures and hay fields

    Spotted knapweed has become a major pest for livestock owners, often infesting both pasture and hay fields and competing with legume crops. They are especially a problem in pastures where livestock prefer not to graze on this weed.
    on June 17, 2013     Source: Dairy Herd

  2. Greek-style baked lima beans

    Serves 6 Limas, also known as butter beans, are an ancient legume named after the city of Lima, Peru. Select the extra-large and flat kidney-shaped limas to bake in a sauce made of tomatoes, vegetables, and herbs. Soak the beans overnight or use the quick-soak method (place beans and water in saucepan and bring to boil; turn off heat and ...        
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Boston Globe

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  1. "A tree, whatever the circumstances, does not become a legume, a vine, or a cow," explains Kwame Anthony Appiah in The Ethics Of Identity. "The reasonable middle view is that constructing an identity is a good thing (if self-authorship is a...
    on May 28, 2010 By: Kwame Anthony Appiah Source: The Guardian

  2. "Grains industry representatives attending the industry consultation forum were excited at the potential for biotechnology to lead to faster results in other priority areas including better legume varieties, frost management and improved drought...
    on Jun 22, 2010 By: Neil Young Source: Farm Weekly

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