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Pronunciation: /piː
 
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Definition of pea in English:

noun

1A spherical green seed which is eaten as a vegetable: [as modifier]: pea soup
More 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.
1.1West Indian Any legume, including peas, beans, or lentils, eaten as a vegetable.
2The hardy Eurasian climbing plant which yields pods containing peas.
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.
3 [with modifier] Used in names of plants or seeds that are similar or related to the pea, e.g. chickpea, sweet pea.
Example sentences
  • 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.

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: they were like two peas in a pod, both with the same high cheekbones and hairline
More 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.

Derivatives

pea-like

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • 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.

Words that rhyme with pea

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