legume
noun Etymology: French légume, from Latin legumin-, legumen leguminous plant, from legere to gather — more at legend Date: 1676 1. a. the fruit or seed of plants of the legume family (as peas or beans) used for food b. a vegetable used for food 2. any of a large family (Leguminosae syn. Fabaceae, the legume family) of dicotyledonous herbs, shrubs, and trees having fruits that are legumes (sense 3) or loments, bearing nodules on the roots that contain nitrogen-fixing bacteria, and including important food and forage plants (as peas, beans, or clovers) 3. a dry dehiscent one-celled fruit developed from a simple superior ovary and usually dehiscing into two valves with the seeds attached to the ventral suture ; pod

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

Synonyms:
(of two valves)


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  • légume — [ legym ] n. m. et f. • 1611; au fém. 1575; lesgum XIVe; lat. legumen « plante à gousse » I ♦ N. m. 1 ♦ (aussi n. f. au XVIIe) Vx Graines qui se forment dans des gousses. 2 ♦ (1690) Mod. Plante potagère dont certaines parties ( …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Legume — Légume Étal de légumes variés …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Legume — Leg ume (l[e^]g [ u]m or l[ e]*g[=u]m ), n. [F. l[ e]gume, L. legumen, fr. legere to gather. So called because they may be gathered without cutting. See {Legend}.] 1. (Bot.) A pod dehiscent into two pieces or valves, and having the seed attached… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • legume — plant of the group of the pulse family, 1670s, from Fr. légume (16c.), from L. legumen pulse, leguminous plant, of unknown origin. One suggestion ties it to L. legere to gather (see LECTURE (Cf. lecture) (n.)), because they can be scooped by the… …   Etymology dictionary

  • legume — LEGUME. s. m. Il se dit proprement & particulierement de certains petits fruits verds qui viennent dans des gousses, comme pois, feves &c. Il n y a guere de meilleur legume que les pois. Il se dit aussi generalement de toute sorte d herbe… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • legume — [leg′yo͞om΄, li gyo͞om′] n. [Fr légume < L legumen, lit., anything that can be gathered < legere, to gather: see LOGIC] 1. any of an order (Fabales) of dicotyledonous herbs, shrubs, and trees, including the peas, beans, mimosas, and the… …   English World dictionary

  • legume — s.m. [lat. legŭmen ( mĭnis )]. 1. (bot.) [frutto caratteristico delle piante leguminose] ▶◀ baccello. 2. [al plur., semi delle diverse leguminose alimentari: minestra di l. ] ▶◀ ⇓ ceci, fagioli, fave, lenticchie, piselli …   Enciclopedia Italiana

  • legume — s. m. 1. Grão das plantas faseoláceas. 2.  [Botânica] Planta hortense que dá vagem. 3. Produto da horticultura. 4. Hortaliça …   Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

  • legume — ► NOUN 1) a leguminous plant grown as a crop. 2) a seed, pod, or other edible part of a leguminous plant, used as food. ORIGIN Latin legumen, from legere to pick …   English terms dictionary

  • Légume — Étal de légumes variés Légumes cultivés dans un jardin potager …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Legume — A legume is a plant in the family Fabaceae (or Leguminosae), or a fruit of these specific plants. A legume fruit is a simple dry fruit that develops from a simple carpel and usually dehisces (opens along a seam) on two sides. A common name for… …   Wikipedia

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