legumes means: When ripe, plant species with seed pods which split on both sides. Beans, lentils and peas are some examples of edible legumes. (in Cooking Dictionary)
What else does legumes mean?
French vegetables, plants that have seed pods such as beans and peas. Most legume seeds are soaked in water and then used to make soups, stews, and other baked recipes. (in Cooking Dictionary)