Definition of chickling pea in English:

chickling pea

Syllabification: chick·ling pea
Pronunciation: /ˈCHikliNG ˌpē
 
/
(also chickling vetch)

noun

  • another term for grass pea.
    More example sentences
    • 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.

Origin

mid 16th century: based on obsolete chich 'chickpea'.

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