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[soi-been] /ˈsɔɪˌbin/
a bushy Old World plant, Glycine max, of the legume family, grown in the U.S., chiefly for forage and soil improvement.
the seed of this plant, used for food, as a livestock feed, and for a variety of other commercial uses.
Origin of soybean
1795-1805; soy + bean Unabridged
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  • Roasted chiles blended with soybean oil to make a dark reddish brown paste.
  • The soybean on the right was intercropped between rows of corn.
  • The best defence, it seems, is to spread soybean oil baited with a slow-acting pesticide.
  • Huge amounts of land are now being devoted to the soybean industry.
  • Increase in price of wheat is due to supply issues, the same to a lesser extent with soybean and corn.
  • They plant a range of different crops alongside cotton including soybean, corn and peanuts.
  • My favorite apparition was the time where a crowd gathered to pray over the image of jebus on the side of a soybean tank.
  • soybean and cotton growers in this region struggle to conserve easily eroded soils.
  • In one of your shots, you placed a board behind stalks of soybean and sugarcane.
  • Made from soybean milk, this food offers a rich source of lean protein and calcium.
British Dictionary definitions for soybean

soya bean

an Asian bean plant, Glycine max (or G. soja), cultivated for its nutritious seeds, for forage, and to improve the soil
the seed of this plant, used as food, forage, and as the source of an oil
Word Origin
C17 soya, via Dutch soya from Japanese shōyu, from Chinese chiang yu, from chiang paste + yu sauce
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Word Origin and History for soybean

1795, from soy + bean (n.).

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