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1. (Plants) a tropical African and Asian leguminous shrub, Cajanus cajan, cultivated in tropical regions for its nutritious pealike seeds
2. (Cookery) Former name: pigeon pea the seed of this shrub
3. (Cookery) a curry made from lentils or other pulses
[C17: from Hindi dāl split pulse, from Sanskrit dal to split]
an Indian dish made from any of various legumes usu. with spices, onions, etc.
[< Hindi dāl]
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|Noun||1.||dhal - tropical woody herb with showy yellow flowers and flat pods; much cultivated in the tropics|
Cajanus, genus Cajanus - erect densely branched shrubby perennials of Old World tropics; naturalized in other warm regions