légume

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French[edit]

légumes (1)

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Latin legūmen (cf. older form lesgum); was once feminine and became masculine by the 17th century. Replaced the Old French leun, which was inherited from the same source. Compare Italian and Portuguese legume, Spanish legumbre.

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légume m (plural légumes)

  1. (cooking) vegetable
    Manger des légumes est très bon pour la santé.
    Eating vegetables is very good for one's health.
  2. (figuratively, informal) vegetable (someone in a vegetative state)
    Depuis qu'il a eu un accident de voiture, il ressemble à un vrai légume.
    Since his car accident he has turned into a complete vegetable.
  3. (botany, dated) legume; pod
    Le fruit de la vesce est un légume au sens strict.
    The seed of vetch is a legume in the strict sense of the word.
  4. (figuratively, informal) couch potato

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