soy-bean

soybean

[soi-been]
noun
1.
a bushy Old World plant, Glycine max, of the legume family, grown in the U.S., chiefly for forage and soil improvement.
2.
the seed of this plant, used for food, as a livestock feed, and for a variety of other commercial uses.

Origin:
1795–1805; soy + bean

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soybean

noun
1. a source of oil; used for forage and soil improvement and as food [syn: soy
2. erect bushy hairy annual herb having trifoliate leaves and purple to pink flowers; extensively cultivated for food and forage and soil improvement but especially for its nutritious oil-rich seeds; native to Asia [syn: soy
3. the most highly proteinaceous vegetable known; the fruit of the soybean plant is used in a variety of foods and as fodder (especially as a replacement for animal protein) [syn: soy
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