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1. any plant of the large family Leguminosae.
2. the pod or fruit of one of these plants, such as a pea or bean; this is an important source of protein in a vegetarian diet.
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Any of a number of edible seeds enclosed in pods, which are a rich source of protein, complex carbohydrates, dietary fibre, B vitamins and minerals (calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium and zinc).

Soy beans, lima beans, peas, lentils, peanuts and others.
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any member of the pea family (Leguminosae). These plants have fruits which are pods containing one or more seeds. Examples are pea, bean, lupin, laburnum, gorse. Most legumes have root nodules and so can grow in soils deficient in nitrogen (see NITROGEN FIXATION). The root nodules are formed by symbiotic association with bacteria, typically Rhizobium species.
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Pod or fruit from family of plants that includes peas, lentils, and beans.
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Patient discussion about legume

Q. am allergic to all nuts and seeds, is it possible to be allergic to all legumes as well ie soy beans

A. Yes, it's possible, although not extremely common. You can read more here (http://www.emedicinehealth.com/food_allergy/page2_em.htm)

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Spontaneous vegetation in the plots with leguminous species was manually controlled by weeding with a small hoe on the bed and a hoe in interrows.
Rhizobium isolates were verified for their capability to procedure nodules with their original hosts and with other leguminous hosts using inoculation assays.
It was used six leguminous species, corresponding to treatments L1--sun hemp (Crotolaria juncea); L2--jack bean (Canavalia ensiformis); L3--dwarf pigeon pea (Cajanus cajan); L4--showy crotalaria (Crotalaria spectabilis); L5--lab-lab (Dolichos lablab) and L6--dwarf mucuna (Mucuna deeringiana).
Leguminous cover crops are grown as an intercrop, to coexist with the oil palm following jungle clearing and planting or replanting, to provide complete cover to an otherwise bare soil to protect the soil from the forces of erosion.
Liz Bowles, head of farming at the Soil Association, said: "Whilst the benefits of more diverse leguminous leys for organic arable farms is becoming well known, there is less evidence on how such leys can benefit livestock farming.
In south China, a tropical and subtropical area, many leguminous crops can be grown at the same time throughout the year.
40% of SPS measures imposed on Egyptian exports are on leguminous vegetables, 50% on other vegetables, 6% on oil seeds, and 3% on some spices.
The objective of this study was to determine directly the differences in the insecticidal properties of four leguminous flours from seeds of Phaseolus vulgaris L.
Residues of Puerariaphaseoloides and Centrosema brasilianum were used as leguminous plant while Chromolaena odorata and Panicum maximum were used as nonleguminous plants.
The results further indicated that introduction of green manuring or leguminous crops in the existing rice-wheat system not only increased grain yields but also improved the physio-chemical properties, organic matter contents and nutrients availability in the soil.
increasing dietary starch content) through the supplementation of alternative forages, such as leguminous and non-leguminous shrubs, has the potential to reduce C[H.sub.4] emissions per kg animal product as a result of increased diet digestibility and a shortened duration of feeding (Beauchemin et al., 2009).
Intercropping between leguminous plants and grasses may increase the availability of N in the soil and the sustainability of agricultural and cattle-raising systems by N biological fixation or by the recycling of the nutrient.