légume

FrenchEdit

légumes

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin legūmen (cf. older form lesgum); was once feminine and became masculine by the 17th century. Replaced the Old French leun, which was inherited from the same source.

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NounEdit

légume m ‎(plural légumes)

  1. (cooking) vegetable
    Manger des légumes est très bon pour la santé.
    Eating vegetables is very good for one's health.
  2. (figuratively, informal) vegetable (someone in a vegetative state)
    Depuis qu'il a eu un accident de voiture, il ressemble à un vrai légume.
    Since his car accident he has turned into a complete vegetable.
  3. (figuratively, informal) couch potato

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