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pea

Syllabification: pea

Definition of pea in English:

noun

1A spherical green seed that is widely eaten as a vegetable.
Example sentences
  • 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.
1.1 [with modifier] Used in names of edible spherical seeds of the pea family, e.g., chickpea and black-eyed pea.
2The hardy Eurasian climbing plant that yields pods containing these seeds.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

More
  • You could not eat a pea until the mid 17th century. The earlier form was pease, which people began to think was a plural, so that if you had a handful of peas you must be able to have one pea ( compare cherry). The original is recorded in Old English, and goes back to Greek pison; it survives in pease pudding, for boiled split peas mashed to a pulp. The pea of peacock has no connection—it derives from Latin pavo ‘peacock’, which appears as pea in Old English and was combined with cock ‘male bird’ in Middle English. Nor does a pea jacket have anything to do with peas. It is an early 18th-century half-hearted translation of Dutch pijjackker formed from pij ‘coarse woollen cloth’ (found in Middle English as pee) and jekker ‘jacket’.

Phrases

like peas (or two peas) in a pod

1
So similar as to be indistinguishable or nearly so.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Words that rhyme with pea

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