legume family

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 including beans, peas, acacia, alfalfa, clover, indigo, lentil, mesquite, mimosa, and peanut.

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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 — n. large family of trees and plants that bear bean pods …   English contemporary dictionary

  • 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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