Soybean

soybean

The bean of the climbing herb glycine soja or G. Hispida (family Leguminosae); a bean rich in protein and containing little starch; it is the source of soybean oil; soybean flour is used in preparing a bread for diabetics, in feeding formulas for infants who are unable to tolerate cow's milk, and for adults allergic to cow's milk.

Synonym: soja, soya.

Origin: Hind. Soya, fennel

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