A legume is not your regular type of fruit; it's more like a pod. Peas, beans, and peanuts are all examples of legumes.

A legume is a type of food that comes from a specific type of plant that is also called a legume. Legumes come from the family Leguminosae, and a trait all legumes share is that they grow in a type of pod. A bowl of pea soup is full of legumes, and so is a bag of peanuts. Lentils, soy, and clover are all legumes. Legumes are high in protein and not very fatty, so they are generally considered healthy.

Definitions of legume

n an erect or climbing bean or pea plant of the family Leguminosae

leguminous plant
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Arachis hypogaea, peanut, peanut vine
widely cultivated American plant cultivated in tropical and warm regions; showy yellow flowers on stalks that bend over to the soil so that seed pods ripen underground
Cicer arietinum, Egyptian pea, chickpea, chickpea plant
Asiatic herb cultivated for its short pods with one or two edible seeds
Cyamopsis psoraloides, Cyamopsis tetragonolobus, cluster bean, guar
drought-tolerant herb grown for forage and for its seed which yield a gum used as a thickening agent or sizing material
Glycine max, soja, soja bean, soy, soya, soya bean, soybean, soybean plant
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
wild pea
any of various plants of the family Leguminosae that usually grow like vines
Lens culinaris, lentil, lentil plant
widely cultivated Eurasian annual herb grown for its edible flattened seeds that are cooked like peas and also ground into meal and for its leafy stalks that are used as fodder
Dolichos biflorus, Macrotyloma uniflorum, horse grain, horse gram, poor man's pulse
twining herb of Old World tropics cultivated in India for food and fodder; sometimes placed in genus Dolichos
crazy weed, crazyweed, locoweed
any of several leguminous plants of western North America causing locoism in livestock
bean, bean plant
any of various leguminous plants grown for their edible seeds and pods
pea, pea plant
a leguminous plant of the genus Pisum with small white flowers and long green pods containing edible green seeds
any of various plants of the genus Sesbania having pinnate leaves and large showy pea-like flowers
any of various climbing plants of the genus Vicia having pinnately compound leaves that terminate in tendrils and small variously colored flowers; includes valuable forage and soil-building plants
Phaseolus aconitifolius, Vigna aconitifolia, moth bean
East Indian legume having hairy foliage and small yellow flowers followed by cylindrical pods; used especially in India for food and forage and as a soil conditioner; sometimes placed in genus Phaseolus
Phaseolus angularis, Vigna angularis, adsuki bean, adzuki bean
bushy annual widely grown in China and Japan for the flour made from its seeds
Phaseolus caracalla, Vigna caracalla, corkscrew flower, snail bean, snail flower, snail-flower, snailflower
perennial tropical American vine cultivated for its racemes of showy yellow and purple flowers having the corolla keel coiled like a snail shell; sometimes placed in genus Phaseolus
Phaseolus aureus, Vigna radiata, golden gram, green gram, mung, mung bean
erect bushy annual widely cultivated in warm regions of India and Indonesia and United States for forage and especially its edible seeds; chief source of bean sprouts used in Chinese cookery; sometimes placed in genus Phaseolus
Vigna sinensis, Vigna unguiculata, black-eyed pea, cowpea, cowpea plant
sprawling Old World annual cultivated especially in southern United States for food and forage and green manure
Vigna sesquipedalis, Vigna unguiculata sesquipedalis, asparagus bean, yard-long bean
South American bean having very long succulent pods
Caley pea, Lathyrus hirsutus, rough pea, singletary pea, wild winterpea
a weak-stemmed winter annual native to Mediterranean region for long established in southern United States; cultivated as a cover and pasture crop
Lathyrus japonicus, Lathyrus maritimus, beach pea, sea pea
wild pea of seashores of north temperate zone having tough roots and purple flowers and useful as a sand binder
Lathyrus palustris, marsh pea
scrambling perennial of damp or marshy areas of Eurasia and North America with purplish flowers
Lathyrus pratensis, common vetchling, meadow pea, yellow vetchling
scrambling perennial Eurasian wild pea having yellowish flowers and compressed seed pods; cultivated for forage
Lathyrus splendens, pride of California
shrubby California perennial having large pink or violet flowers; cultivated as an ornamental
Lalthyrus tingitanus, Tangier pea, Tangier peavine
North African annual resembling the sweet pea having showy but odorless flowers
Oxytropis lambertii, purple loco, purple locoweed
tufted locoweed of southwestern United States having purple or pink to white flowers
bush bean
a bean plant whose bushy growth needs no supports
pole bean
a climbing bean plant that will climb a wall or tree or trellis
shell bean, shell bean plant
a bean plant grown primarily for its edible seed rather than its pod
Pisum sativum, common pea, garden pea, garden pea plant
plant producing peas usually eaten fresh rather than dried
Pisum sativum macrocarpon, edible-pod pea, edible-podded pea
a variety of pea plant producing peas having soft thick edible pods lacking the fibrous inner lining of the common pea
Austrian winter pea, Pisum arvense, Pisum sativum arvense, field pea, field-pea plant
variety of pea plant native to the Mediterranean region and North Africa and widely grown especially for forage
Colorado River hemp, Sesbania exaltata
tall-growing annual of southwestern United States widely grown as green manure; yields a strong tough bast fiber formerly used by Indians for cordage
any of several weedy vetches grown for forage
Calnada pea, Vicia cracca, bird vetch, tufted vetch
common perennial climber of temperate regions of Eurasia and North America having dense elongate clusters of flowers
Vicia orobus, bitter betch
European perennial toxic vetch
Vicia sativa, spring vetch
herbaceous climbing plant valuable as fodder and for soil-building
Vicia sepium, bush vetch
European purple-flowered with slender stems; occurs as a weed in hedges
Type of:
herb, herbaceous plant
a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
a vine or climbing plant that readily grows up a support or over other plants

n 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

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chickpea, garbanzo
the seed of the chickpea plant
the fruit or seed of a lentil plant
the fruit or seed of a pea plant
field pea
seed of the field pea plant
black-eyed pea, cowpea
fruit or seed of the cowpea plant
garden pea
the flattened to cylindric inflated multi-seeded fruit of the common pea plant
Type of:
pod, seedpod
a several-seeded dehiscent fruit as e.g. of a leguminous plant

n the seedpod of a leguminous plant (such as peas, beans, or lentils)

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edible seeds of various pod-bearing plants (peas or beans or lentils etc.)
bean, edible bean
any of various edible seeds of plants of the family Leguminosae used for food
round flat seed of the lentil plant used for food
seed of a pea plant used for food
chickpea, garbanzo
large white roundish Asiatic legume; usually dried
black-eyed pea, cowpea
eaten fresh as shell beans or dried
goa bean
Old World tropical bean
garden pea, green pea
fresh pea
marrowfat pea
a variety of large pea that is commonly processed and sold in cans
cajan pea, dahl, pigeon pea
small highly nutritious seed of the tropical pigeon-pea plant
field pea
coarse small-seeded pea often used as food when young and tender
common bean
any of numerous beans eaten either fresh or dried
soy, soya, soya bean, soybean
the most highly proteinaceous vegetable known; the fruit of the soybean plant is used in a variety of foods and as fodder (especially as a replacement for animal protein)
Type of:
veg, vegetable, veggie
edible seeds or roots or stems or leaves or bulbs or tubers or nonsweet fruits of any of numerous herbaceous plant

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