Definition of soy in English:


Syllabification: soy


1Protein derived from soybeans, used as a replacement for animal protein in foods and fodder: I’m trying to add more soy into my diet soy is a key ingredient in livestock feed
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  • Besides nuts, wheat, soy and milk are common allergens.
  • Many children who are allergic to soy tolerate cow's milk formulas quite well.
  • My doctor recommended that I incorporate soy into my diet.
2The soybean plant: soy is the nation’s leading source of food-grade oil the most common GMOs are soy, corn, canola and cotton
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  • Runaway pollen and seeds from GM crops like soy, corn and canola have been a great concern since the commercial cultivation of GM plants began in 1996.
  • Typical crops for conventional biodiesel production include soy, sunflower, rapeseed, palm, and other oilseed-bearing crops such as jatropha.
  • Second only to corn as America's most widely grown crop, soy is the nation's leading source of food-grade oil.


from Japanese shō-yu, from Chinese shi-yu, from shi 'salted beans' + yu 'oil'.

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