Definition of chickpea in English:


Syllabification: chick·pea
Pronunciation: /ˈCHikˌpē


  • 1A round yellowish seed, used widely as food. Also called garbanzo.
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    • Cut back and focus on getting more of your protein from vegetables like chickpeas and lima beans.
    • The soup is packed with healthy ingredients like garlic, carrots, chickpeas, and corn.
    • Almonds, walnuts, kidney beans, lentils, chickpeas and sunflower seeds are healthy options.
  • 2The leguminous Old World plant which bears chickpeas.
    • Cicer arietinum, family Leguminosae
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    • The pods in the spaced chickpea plants were fully exposed to light for most of the day.
    • A different mineral nutrient solution was applied to each of four groups of chickpea plants from the time of transplanting to the sand mixture (7 d after imbibition).
    • The chickpea is a delicate, graceful plant that branches near the ground and is usually about 2 feet high.


early 18th century (earlier as chiche-pease): from late Middle English chiche (from Old French chiche, cice, from Latin cicer 'chickpea') + pease.

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