Chick-pea Chick"-pea` (-p[=e]`), n. [See {Chich}.] 1. (Bot.) A Small leguminous plant ({Cicer arietinum}) of Asia, Africa, and the south of Europe; the chich; the dwarf pea; the gram. [1913 Webster]

2. Its nutritious seed, used in cookery, and especially, when roasted (parched pulse), as food for travelers in the Eastern deserts. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Chick pea — Pea Pea, n.; pl. {Peas}or {Pease}. [OE. pese, fr. AS. pisa, or OF. peis, F. pois; both fr. L. pisum; cf. Gr. ?, ?. The final s was misunderstood in English as a plural ending. Cf. {Pease}.] 1. (Bot.) A plant, and its fruit, of the genus {Pisum},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • chick|pea — «CHIHK PEE», noun. 1. an annual plant of the pea family. Its short, puffy pods contain pealike seeds which are used for food. 2. one of these seeds. ╂[earlier chich pease, an assumed plural < chiche pea < Old French, alteration of cice,… …   Useful english dictionary

  • chick-pea — 1712, false singular back formation from chich pease (1540s), from Fr. pois chiche, from L. cicer pea. For second element, see PEASE (Cf. pease) …   Etymology dictionary

  • chick-pea — sėjamasis avinžirnis statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Pupinių šeimos maistinis, vaistinis kultūrinis augalas (Cicer arietinum). atitikmenys: lot. Cicer arietinum angl. Bengal gram; chick pea; garbanzo; gram vok. Kichererbse pranc. pois… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • chick-pea — ▪ plant also called  Gram, or Garbanzo        (species Cicer arietinum), annual plant of the pea family (Fabaceae), widely grown for its nutritious seeds. The bushy, 60 centimetre (2 foot) plants bear pinnate leaves and small white or reddish… …   Universalium

  • chick pea — garbanzo bean, dwarf pea …   English contemporary dictionary

  • chick-pea — noun (C) a large brown pea which is cooked and eaten; garbanzo …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • Chick-pea — Cicer (E) …   EthnoBotanical Dictionary

  • chick pea — see chickpea …   English dictionary

  • chick-pea — n. 1 a leguminous plant, Cicer arietinum, with short swollen pods containing yellow beaked seeds. 2 this seed used as a vegetable. Etymology: orig. ciche pease f. L cicer: see PEASE …   Useful english dictionary

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