the soybean.

1690–1700; perhaps via Dutch or Neo-Latin < Japanese shōyu, earlier shaũyu < Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese jìngyóu soybean oil Unabridged
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Word Origin & History

1679, saio "sauce for fish, made from soybeans," from Du. soya, from Japanese soyu, variant of shoyu "soy," from Chinese shi-yu, from shi "fermented soy beans" + yu "oil." Etymology reflects Dutch presence in Japan long before English merchants began to trade there. Soybean is attested from 1795. Soyaburger
is attested from 1953.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Example sentences for Soy
It is chicken rice cooked over high heat in copious amount of soy and oyster sauce.
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