leguminous

[li-gyoo-muh-nuhs]
adjective
1.
pertaining to, of the nature of, or bearing legumes.
2.
belonging to the Leguminosae.
Compare legume family.


Origin:
1650–60; < Latin legūmin- (stem of legūmen; see legume) + -ous

nonleguminous, adjective
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leguminous (lɪˈɡjuːmɪnəs)
 
adj
of, relating to, or belonging to the Fabaceae (formerly Leguminosae), a family of flowering plants having pods (or legumes) as fruits and root nodules enabling storage of nitrogen-rich material: includes peas, beans, clover, gorse, acacia, and carob
 
[C17: from Latin legūmen; see legume]

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legume   (lěg'ym', lə-gym')  Pronunciation Key 
  1. Any of a large number of eudicot plants belonging to the family Leguminosae (or Fabaceae). Their characteristic fruit is a seed pod. Legumes live in a symbiotic relationship with bacteria in structures called nodules on their roots. These bacteria are able to take nitrogen from the air, which is in a form that plants cannot use, and convert it into compounds that the plants can use. Many legumes are widely cultivated for food, as fodder for livestock, and as a means of improving the nitrogen content of soils. Beans, peas, clover, alfalfa, locust trees, and acacia trees are all legumes.

  2. The seed pod of such a plant.


leguminous adjective
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In addition, the utilization of leguminous and non-leguminous cover crops in a mixture have not been thoroughly researched.
It is a warm season, herbaceous, perennial leguminous forb.
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