One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Protein derived from the beans of an Asian plant, used as a replacement for animal protein in certain foods; soya.‘I'm trying to add more soy into my diet’‘soy is a key ingredient in livestock feed’
2The widely cultivated plant of the pea family which produces soya beans.‘soy is the nation's leading source of food-grade oil’‘the most common GMOs are soy, corn, canola, and cotton’
Late 17th century: from Japanese soy, shoy, variant of shō-yu, from Chinese shi-yu, from shi ‘salted beans’ + yu ‘oil’.
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