legume family


legume family
n. large family of trees and plants that bear bean pods

English contemporary dictionary. 2014.

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  • legume family — noun a large family of trees, shrubs, vines, and herbs bearing bean pods; divided for convenience into the subfamilies Caesalpiniaceae; Mimosaceae; Papilionaceae • Syn: ↑Leguminosae, ↑family Leguminosae, ↑Fabaceae, ↑family Fabaceae, ↑pea family • …   Useful english dictionary

  • legume family — the large plant family Leguminosae (or Fabaceae), typified by herbaceous plants, shrubs, trees, and vines having usually compound leaves, clusters of irregular, keeled flowers, and fruit in the form of a pod splitting along both sides, and… …   Universalium

  • legume family — leg′ume fam ily n. pln a widespread family, Leguminosae, of trees, shrubs, vines, and nonwoody plants having clusters of irregular flowers with joined petals, fruit in the form of a pod that splits along both sides, and, usually, root nodules… …   From formal English to slang

  • legume — /leg yoohm, li gyoohm /, n. 1. any plant of the legume family, esp. those used for feed, food, or as a soil improving crop. 2. the pod or seed vessel of such a plant. 3. any table vegetable of the legume family. [1670 80; < F légume vegetable < L …   Universalium

  • 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.… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • legume — leg·ume || legjuːm ,lɪ g n. plant belonging to the legume family; pod or seed container produced by a legume plant; vegetable belonging to the legume family …   English contemporary dictionary

  • family Fabaceae — noun a large family of trees, shrubs, vines, and herbs bearing bean pods; divided for convenience into the subfamilies Caesalpiniaceae; Mimosaceae; Papilionaceae • Syn: ↑Leguminosae, ↑family Leguminosae, ↑Fabaceae, ↑legume family, ↑pea family •… …   Useful english dictionary

  • family Leguminosae — noun a large family of trees, shrubs, vines, and herbs bearing bean pods; divided for convenience into the subfamilies Caesalpiniaceae; Mimosaceae; Papilionaceae • Syn: ↑Leguminosae, ↑Fabaceae, ↑family Fabaceae, ↑legume family, ↑pea family •… …   Useful english dictionary

  • legume — leg•ume [[t]ˈlɛg yum, lɪˈgyum[/t]] n. 1) pln any plant of the legume family, esp. one used for feed, food, or as a soil improving crop 2) pln coo the pod, bean, or pea of such a plant, usu. divided into two parts and often used for food •… …   From formal English to slang

  • family Mimosaceae — noun family of spiny woody plants (usually shrubs or small trees) whose leaves mimic animals in sensitivity to touch; commonly included in the family Leguminosae • Syn: ↑Mimosaceae • Hypernyms: ↑rosid dicot family • Member Holonyms: ↑Leguminosae …   Useful english dictionary


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