(1) The seedpod of a leguminous plant (such as peas or beans or lentils)
(2) An erect or climbing bean or pea plant of the family Leguminosae
(3) 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
From légume, from legūmen ‘bean’.
- The fruit or seed of leguminous plants (as peas or beans) used for food; a vegetable used for food.
- Any of a large family (Leguminosae syn. Fabaceae) of dicotyledonous herbs, shrubs, and trees having fruits that are legumes or loments, bearing nodules on the roots that contain nitrogen-fixing bacteria, and including important food and forage plants (as peas, beans, or clovers).
- Pod dehiscent into two pieces or valves, and having the seed attached at one suture, as that of the pea.