[syn: soy, soybean, soya, soya bean]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Soybean \Soy"bean\ (soi"b[=e]n`), n.
1. (Bot.) An Asiatic leguminous herb (Glycine max, formerly
Glycine Soja) the seeds of which (also called soy
beans) are used in preparing the sauce called soy.
Called also soya bean and soya.
2. the seeds of the Glycine max, which produce soybean
oil; -- called also soya bean.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a source of oil; used for forage and soil improvement and
as food [syn: soy, soybean, soya bean]
2: 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 [syn: soy, soya,
soybean, soya bean, soybean plant, soja, soja bean,
3: 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) [syn: soy,
soybean, soya, soya bean]