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pea

 (pē)
n.
1. A member of the pea family.
2.
a. A widely cultivated climbing annual vine (Pisum sativum) native to Eurasia, having compound leaves with terminal leaflets modified into tendrils and globose, edible seeds enclosed in a green, elongated pod.
b. The pod of this plant: picked peas for dinner.
c. The seed of this plant, used as a vegetable.
d. A similar seed of various other plants, such as a cowpea.
3. Any of several plants of the genus Lathyrus, such as the sweet pea or the beach pea.

[Back-formation from Middle English pease (mistaken for pl.), from Old English pise, piose, from Late Latin pīsa, variant of Latin pīsum, from Greek pisos, pison.]

pea

(piː)
n
1. (Plants) an annual climbing leguminous plant, Pisum sativum, with small white flowers and long green pods containing edible green seeds: cultivated in temperate regions
2. (Plants)
a. the seed of this plant, eaten as a vegetable
b. (as modifier): pea soup.
3. (Plants) any of several other leguminous plants, such as the sweet pea, chickpea, and cowpea
[C17: from pease (incorrectly assumed to be a plural)]
ˈpeaˌlike adj

pea

(pi)

n., pl. peas,
adj. n.
1. the round edible seed of a widely cultivated plant, Pisum sativum, of the legume family.
2. the plant itself.
3. the green, somewhat inflated pod of this plant.
4. any of various related or similar plants or their seed, as the chickpea.
5. something resembling a pea, esp. in being small and round.
adj.
6. pertaining to, containing, or cooked with peas.
7. small or small and round (usu. used in combination).
[1660–70; back formation from Middle English pese, pees a pea, taken as pl. < Old English peose, pise < Latin pisa, pl. of pisum < Greek pison pea]

pea

  • peanut - Takes its name from its resemblance to peas in a pod and has these synonyms: pinda, goober, groundnut, ground pea, earthnut, and monkey nut; "peanut" appeared in the early 19th century. It is not a nut but a legume (pea).
  • pisiform - Shaped like a pea.
  • pease - The early English singular for pea.
  • peasecod - Another word for the pod of the pea.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pea - seed of a pea plant used for foodpea - seed of a pea plant used for food  
legume - the seedpod of a leguminous plant (such as peas or beans or lentils)
green pea, garden pea - fresh pea
marrowfat pea - a variety of large pea that is commonly processed and sold in cans
cajan pea, dahl, pigeon pea - small highly nutritious seed of the tropical pigeon-pea plant
field pea - coarse small-seeded pea often used as food when young and tender
2.pea - the fruit or seed of a pea plant
legume - the fruit or seed of any of various bean or pea plants consisting of a case that splits along both sides when ripe and having the seeds attach to one side of the case
pea plant, pea - a leguminous plant of the genus Pisum with small white flowers and long green pods containing edible green seeds
garden pea - the flattened to cylindric inflated multi-seeded fruit of the common pea plant
pea pod, peasecod - husk of a pea; edible in some garden peas
3.pea - a leguminous plant of the genus Pisum with small white flowers and long green pods containing edible green seedspea - a leguminous plant of the genus Pisum with small white flowers and long green pods containing edible green seeds
legume, leguminous plant - an erect or climbing bean or pea plant of the family Leguminosae
genus Pisum, Pisum - small genus of variable annual Eurasian vines: peas
pea - the fruit or seed of a pea plant
common pea, garden pea plant, Pisum sativum, garden pea - plant producing peas usually eaten fresh rather than dried
edible-pod pea, edible-podded pea, Pisum sativum macrocarpon - a variety of pea plant producing peas having soft thick edible pods lacking the fibrous inner lining of the common pea
Austrian winter pea, field-pea plant, Pisum arvense, Pisum sativum arvense, field pea - variety of pea plant native to the Mediterranean region and North Africa and widely grown especially for forage
Translations
حَـبَّـة بازلاءنَبتَة البازلاء
hrách
ærtærteplante
hernes
herne
grašak
borsó
baun, ertagarîerta, baunagras
žirnis
zirnis
hrach
grah
ärta
bezelyebezelye bitkisi

pea

[piː]
A. Nguisante m (Sp), chícharo m (CAm), arveja f (LAm), alverja f (LAm)
sweet peaguisante m de olor (Sp), clarín m (Chile)
see also like 1 A
B. CPD pea soup Nsopa f de guisantes

pea

[ˈpiː] npetit pois m, pois m

pea

nErbse f; they are as like as two peas (in a pod)sie gleichen sich (dat)wie ein Ei dem anderen

pea

:
peacock
nPfau m; (fig: = man) → Geck m; to strut up and down like a peawie ein Pfau einherstolzieren
peacock-blue
adjpfauenblau
peacock butterfly
n (Zool) → Tagpfauenauge nt
pea green
nErbsengrün nt
pea-green
adjerbsengrün
peahen
nPfauenhenne f
pea jacket
n (esp US) → Pijacke f

pea

:
peashooter
nPusterohr nt
pea soup
nErbsensuppe f
peasouper
nWaschküche (inf), → Suppe (inf) f

pea

[piː] npisello
green peas → pisellini mpl

pea

(piː) noun
1. the round seed of a kind of climbing plant, eaten as a vegetable. We had roast beef, potatoes and peas for dinner.
2. the plant which produces these seeds. We planted peas and beans this year.
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