soya bean

soya bean

[soi-uh]
noun

Origin:
soya < Dutch sojaJapanese; see soy

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soya bean or (US and Canadian) soybean (ˈsɔɪə, ˈsɔɪˌbiːn)
 
n
1.  an Asian bean plant, Glycine max (or G. soja), cultivated for its nutritious seeds, for forage, and to improve the soil
2.  the seed of this plant, used as food, forage, and as the source of an oil
 
[C17 soya, via Dutch soya from Japanese shōyu, from Chinese chiang yu, from chiang paste + yu sauce]
 
soybean or (US and Canadian) soybean
 
n
 
[C17 soya, via Dutch soya from Japanese shōyu, from Chinese chiang yu, from chiang paste + yu sauce]

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