(also chickling vetch)
Definition of chickling pea in English:
Another term for grass pea.
- The chickling pea is cultivated for its edible seed in India and the Middle East, but see notes above on toxicity.
- An especially hardy plant, the chickling pea historically has served as an inexpensive survival food for the poor of certain developing countries.
- The chickling pea is unfortunately often confused with the edible and widely used chickpea.
mid 16th century: based on obsolete chich 'chickpea'.
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