from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The soybean.

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  • n. soya bean

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Dill. Also sowa.

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  • n. 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)
  • n. 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


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Dutch; see soy.


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  • just plain tofu, listed as a cheese in Larousse Gastronomique.

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