(pē fămʹə-lē) noun. 1. A large and widespread family of plants, the Leguminosae (Fabaceae), characterized by stipulate, usually compound leaves, often bilaterally symmetrical flowers, and legume fruits and including important food plants such as beans, peas, and soybeans, (pokok) kekacang, legum; 2. (vegetable), (sayur) kekacang; 3. (pod) lenggai kekacang, lenggai legum.