Definition of chickling pea in English:

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chickling pea

Pronunciation: /ˈCHikliNG ˌpē/
(also chickling vetch)

noun

Another term for grass pea.
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'.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: chick·ling pea

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