Borrowing 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. Compare Italian and Portuguese legume, Spanish legumbre.
légume m (plural légumes)
- (cooking) vegetable
Manger des légumes est très bon pour la santé.
- Eating vegetables is very good for one's health.
- (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.
- (botany, dated) legume; pod
Le fruit de la vesce est un légume au sens strict.
- The seed of vetch is a legume in the strict sense of the word.
- (figuratively, informal) couch potato
- (pod): gousse
- English: legume