See also: légume



Borrowed from French légume, from Latin legūmen (bean).


  • IPA(key): /lɪˈɡjuːm/, /ˈlɛɡjuːm/
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legume (plural legumes)

  1. The fruit or seed of leguminous plants (as peas or beans) used for food.
  2. Any of a large family (Fabaceae, syn. Leguminosae) of dicotyledonous herbs, shrubs, and trees having fruits that are legumes or loments, bearing nodules on the roots that contain nitrogen-fixing bacteria, and including important food and forage plants (as peas, beans, or clovers).
  3. A pod dehiscent into two pieces or valves, and having the seed attached at one suture, as that of the pea.

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From Old Galician and Old Portuguese legume (Cantigas de Santa Maria), from Latin legūmen.



legume m (plural legumes)

  1. legume (the fruit or seed of leguminous plants (as peas or beans) used for food)
    • 1285, Miguel Romaní Martínez (ed.), La colección diplomática de Santa María de Oseira (1025-1310). Santiago: Tórculo Edicións, page 1114:
      et darmos ende cada anno por vosso mayordomo, a que devemos a proveer mentre coller o pan et o vinno, meo de vinno et de noçes, de castanas, de peros, de legumia, et de çhousa, et de lino et de triigo, et de sirgo, et de gaado mayor et de cuba se o vendermos, et terça de çeveyra et de millio, et dorgio, et levarmolo todo por nos a a vossa grangia dAmbas Mestas
      and so we should give each year to your steward, whom we should provide as he is taking the bread and the wine, half of wine and of walnuts, of chestnuts, of peers, of legume, of the products of the garden, of flax, of wheat, of silk, of oxen, of sold wine; and a third of fodder, of millet, of barley; and we should deliver all of it at your farm of Ambas Mestas
    • 1291, E. Cal Pardo (ed.), Colección diplomática medieval do arquivo da catedral de Mondoñedo. Santiago: Consello da Cultura Galega, page 78:
      oyto fanegas de ligoyma entre fuas et eruellas
      eight fanegas of legume, both beans and peas
  2. legume (leguminous plant)
  3. legume (pod)
  4. (by extension) other vegetables and greens which are consumed after cooking

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  • legume” in Dicionario de Dicionarios do galego medieval, SLI - ILGA 2006-2012.
  • legum” in Xavier Varela Barreiro & Xavier Gómez Guinovart: Corpus Xelmírez - Corpus lingüístico da Galicia medieval. SLI / Grupo TALG / ILG, 2006-2016.
  • legume” in Dicionario de Dicionarios da lingua galega, SLI - ILGA 2006-2013.
  • legume” in Tesouro informatizado da lingua galega. Santiago: ILG.
  • legume” in Álvarez, Rosario (coord.): Tesouro do léxico patrimonial galego e portugués, Santiago de Compostela: Instituto da Lingua Galega.



From Latin legūmen.



legume m (plural legumi)

  1. peas, beans, lentils and similar pulses



From Old Portuguese legume, from Latin legūmen.


legume m (plural legumes)

  1. legume (fruits of leguminous plants)
  2. (by extension) any vegetable




legume f pl

  1. plural of legumă