legume

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Legume \Leg"ume\ (l[e^]g"[-u]m or l[-e]*g[=u]m"), noun [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 at one suture, as that of the pea.

Note: 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.

2. pl. The fruit of leguminous plants, as peas, beans, lupines; pulse.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

legume

noun

1: an erect or climbing bean or pea plant of the family Leguminosae [syn: {legume}, {leguminous plant}]

2: 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

3: the seedpod of a leguminous plant (such as peas or beans or lentils)

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