1. [ noun ] (botany) 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
Synonyms: soybean soya_bean soybean_plant soja soja_bean Glycine_max soya
Related terms: legume Glycine
2. [ noun ] (botany) a source of oil; used for forage and soil improvement and as food
Synonyms: soyabean soya_bean soybean
Related terms: bean
3. [ noun ] (food) thin sauce made of fermented soy beans
Synonyms: soy_sauce
Related terms: condiment
4. [ noun ] (chemistry,food) most highly proteinaceous vegetable crop known
Synonyms: soybean
Related terms: bean field_soybean soybean_meal soy_sauce soybean_oil
Similar spelling:   soya