plural noun
unripe, green soybeans that are steamed or boiled in their pods.

1950-55;< Japanese eda branch, twig + mame beans

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Main Entry:  edamame
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  Japanese term for fresh soybeans; also written eda mame
Etymology:  Japanese
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Example sentences
Those who planted their okra early are beginning to harvest them, and the
  edamame are also starting to ripen.
Round out the menu with edamame and spinach and noodle salads.
We were pleased and surprised when an amuse bouche of edamame was brought to
  the table.
The new menu will include appetizers such as edamame, miso soup and sesame
  seaweed salad.
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