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legume family

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1.
the large plant family Leguminosae (or Fabaceae), typified by herbaceous plants, shrubs, trees, and vines having usually compound leaves, clusters of irregular, keeled flowers, and fruit in the form of a pod splitting along both sides, and including beans, peas, acacia, alfalfa, clover, indigo, lentil, mesquite, mimosa, and peanut.
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  • Peanuts really belong to the legume family, but are quite as good as any kind of nuts.

    Vitality Supreme Bernarr Macfadden
  • This is frequently the cause of failure in growing alfalfa, soybeans, cowpeas and less well known members of the legume family.

    A Living from the Land William B. Duryee
  • It lays its eggs upon the upper surface of the leaflets of locusts and other plants of the legume family.

    Butterflies Worth Knowing Clarence M. Weed

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