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chickpea

Syllabification: chick·pea
Pronunciation: /ˈCHikˌpē
 
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Definition of chickpea in English:

noun

1A round yellowish seed, used widely as food. Also called garbanzo.
Example sentences
  • 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
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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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