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Definition of 'soybean'


  1. a source of oil; used for forage and soil improvement and as food
       Synonyms: soy soya bean
  2. erect bushy hairy annual herb having trifoliate leaves and purple to pink flowers; extensively cultivated for food and forage and soil improvement but especially for its nutritious oil-rich seeds; native to Asia
       Synonyms: soy soya soya bean soybean plant soja soja bean Glycine max
  3. most highly proteinaceous vegetable crop known
       Synonyms: soy

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