Definition of field pea in English:

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field pea


A pea plant of a variety grown chiefly for fodder or as green manure.
Example sentences
  • Spread compost or manure on unplanted areas or sow fall-sown cover crops, such as clover, Austrian field peas, fava beans, vetch and winter wheat.
  • If your exposure to southern peas (also called field peas or cowpeas) has been limited to the commercial canned, frozen, or dried variety, a much better flavor experience awaits you.
  • Your field peas are apparently a variety with mildew resistance.


Early 18th century: said to be so named because they were once the only agricultural peas cultivated in the UK.

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Syllabification: field pea

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