Definition of pea in English:


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Pronunciation: /piː


1A spherical green seed which is eaten as a vegetable: [as modifier]: pea soup
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  • Crops of good home-grown vegetables - fresh green peas, broad beans and courgettes - are plentiful at this time of year.
  • The vegetables were new potatoes and fresh green peas.
  • Other good sources are asparagus, oats, whole wheat and fresh green peas.
1.1West Indian Any legume, including peas, beans, or lentils, eaten as a vegetable.
2The hardy Eurasian climbing plant which yields pods containing peas.
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  • Early next month, before temperatures drop too much, seed cover crops such as clover, peas or vetch to enrich the soil.
  • He can then inform the farmers of the potential risk from the disease if they plant peas in that area.
  • There are dwarf plants that don't need support, but most peas need a trellis or fence to climb on.
3 [with modifier] Used in names of plants or seeds that are similar or related to the pea, e.g. chickpea, sweet pea.
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  • Snow peas are a very popular type of pea because you can eat the pods as well as the peas.
  • Many parts of the United States celebrate the new year by eating black-eyed peas.
  • Add the black-eyed peas, coconut oil, coconut milk, and curry leaves.


mid 17th century: back-formation from pease (interpreted as plural).


like peas (or two peas) in a pod

So similar as to be indistinguishable or nearly so: they were like two peas in a pod, both with the same high cheekbones and hairline
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  • She and I are two peas in a pod and are working on an official dance when someone buys binoculars at our booth.
  • Japanese consumers no longer want to look like and shop like peas in a pod.
  • Alyssa and Adrian are so close they're like two peas in a pod.



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  • Flowers are inconspicuous, but the long, pea-like pods develop in the late summer and persist into late autumn, sometimes dangling from the branches into early winter.
  • With no land to farm and no livestock, many resorted to eating makhet, a small, pea-like wild food that grows on trees.

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