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legume (n.)

plant of the group of the pulse family, pea, 1670s, from French légume (16c.), from Latin legumen "pulse, leguminous plant," of unknown origin. One suggestion ties it to Latin legere "to gather" (see lecture (n.)), because they can be scooped by the handful. Middle English had the word in the Latin form legumen (late 14c.).

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Definitions of legume

legume (n.)
an erect or climbing bean or pea plant of the family Leguminosae;
Synonyms: leguminous plant
legume (n.)
the fruit or seed of any of various bean or pea plants consisting of a case that splits along both sides when ripe and having the seeds attach to one side of the case;
legume (n.)
the seedpod of a leguminous plant (such as peas or beans or lentils);
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