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Legume   /lˈɛgjˌum/   Listen

An erect or climbing bean or pea plant of the family Leguminosae.  Synonym: leguminous plant.
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.
The seedpod of a leguminous plant (such as peas or beans or lentils).

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"Legume" Quotes from Famous Books

... differ from peas and beans in containing more fat. They should be considered a food, for at ordinary prices they furnish a large amount of protein and fat. Like the other members of the legume family, the peanut is rather slow of digestion and requires considerable intestinal work for completion ...
— Human Foods and Their Nutritive Value • Harry Snyder

... all other conditions are right, alfalfa thrives or fails according as a soil is rich in lime or is distinctly deficient. It is entirely possible to get fair yields of this legume for a short time from land that is not fully alkaline, but full yields and ability to last for a term of years depend upon a liberal lime supply. Alfalfa is at home only in a naturally calcareous soil, or one ...
— Right Use of Lime in Soil Improvement • Alva Agee

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