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soybean

[soi-been] /ˈsɔɪˌbin/
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 of soybean
1795-1805
1795-1805; soy + bean
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soya bean

/ˈsɔɪə/
noun
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
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
n.

1795, from soy + bean (n.).

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