Webster 1913 Edition
(lĕg′ū̍m or lē̍-gūm′),
legereto gather. So called because they may be gathered without cutting. See
A pod dehiscent into two pieces or valves, and having the seed attached at one suture, as that of the pea.
☞ In the latter circumstance, it differs from a siliqua, in which the seeds are attached to both sutures. In popular use, a legume is called a pod, or cod; as, pea pod, or peas cod.
The fruit of leguminous plants, as peas, beans, lupines; pulse.
Webster 1828 Edition
See also: légume
legume (plural legumes)
- The fruit or seed of leguminous plants (as peas or beans) used for food.
- Any of a large family (Leguminosae syn. Fabaceae) of dicotyledonous herbs, shrubs, and trees having fruits that are legumes or loments, bearing nodules on the roots that contain nitrogen-fixing bacteria, and including important food and forage plants (as peas, beans, or clovers).
- A pod dehiscent into two pieces or valves, and having the seed attached at one suture, as that of the pea.
fruit or seed of leguminous plants
member of Leguminosae family
legume m (plural legumi)
legume m (plural legumes)
legume f pl
- plural of legumă