Definition of legume noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈleɡjuːm//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈleɡjuːm//
; BrE BrE//lɪˈɡjuːm//
; NAmE NAmE//lɪˈɡjuːm//
(specialist) Crops
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any plant that has seeds in long pods. Peas and beans are legumes. See related entries: Crops Word Originmid 17th cent. (denoting the edible portion of the plant): from French légume, from Latin legumen, from legere ‘to pick’ (because the fruit or vegetable may be picked by hand).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: legume