Etymology: From légume, from legumen, legÅmen "bean".
- The fruit or seed of leguminous plants (as peas or beans) used for food; a vegetable used for food.
- Any of a large family (Leguminosae syn. Fabaceae) 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).
- Pod dehiscent into two pieces or valves, and having the seed attached at one suture, as that of the pea.
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