Cicer
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}, of many varieties, much cultivated for food. It has a papilionaceous flower, and the pericarp is a legume, popularly called a pod. [1913 Webster]

Note: When a definite number, more than one, is spoken of, the plural form peas is used; as, the pod contained nine peas; but, in a collective sense, the form pease is preferred; as, a bushel of pease; they had pease at dinner. This distinction is not always preserved, the form peas being used in both senses. [1913 Webster]

2. A name given, especially in the Southern States, to the seed of several leguminous plants (species of {Dolichos}, {Cicer}, {Abrus}, etc.) esp. those having a scar (hilum) of a different color from the rest of the seed. [1913 Webster]

Note: The name pea is given to many leguminous plants more or less closely related to the common pea. See the Phrases, below. [1913 Webster]

{Beach pea} (Bot.), a seashore plant, {Lathyrus maritimus}.

{Black-eyed pea}, a West Indian name for {Dolichos sph[ae]rospermus} and its seed.

{Butterfly pea}, the American plant {Clitoria Mariana}, having showy blossoms.

{Chick pea}. See {Chick-pea}.

{Egyptian pea}. Same as {Chick-pea}.

{Everlasting pea}. See under {Everlasting}.

{Glory pea}. See under {Glory}, n.

{Hoary pea}, any plant of the genus {Tephrosia}; goat's rue.

{Issue pea}, {Orris pea}. (Med.) See under {Issue}, and {Orris}.

{Milk pea}. (Bot.) See under {Milk}.

{Pea berry}, a kind of a coffee bean or grain which grows single, and is round or pea-shaped; often used adjectively; as, pea-berry coffee.

{Pea bug}. (Zo["o]l.) Same as {Pea weevil}.

{Pea coal}, a size of coal smaller than nut coal.

{Pea crab} (Zo["o]l.), any small crab of the genus {Pinnotheres}, living as a commensal in bivalves; esp., the European species ({Pinnotheres pisum}) which lives in the common mussel and the cockle.

{Pea dove} (Zo["o]l.), the American ground dove.

{Pea-flower tribe} (Bot.), a suborder ({Papilionace[ae]}) of leguminous plants having blossoms essentially like that of the pea. --G. Bentham.

{Pea maggot} (Zo["o]l.), the larva of a European moth ({Tortrix pisi}), which is very destructive to peas.

{Pea ore} (Min.), argillaceous oxide of iron, occurring in round grains of a size of a pea; pisolitic ore.

{Pea starch}, the starch or flour of the common pea, which is sometimes used in adulterating wheat flour, pepper, etc.

{Pea tree} (Bot.), the name of several leguminous shrubs of the genus {Caragana}, natives of Siberia and China.

{Pea vine}. (Bot.) (a) Any plant which bears peas. (b) A kind of vetch or tare, common in the United States ({Lathyrus Americana}, and other similar species).

{Pea weevil} (Zo["o]l.), a small weevil ({Bruchus pisi}) which destroys peas by eating out the interior.

{Pigeon pea}. (Bot.) See {Pigeon pea}.

{Sweet pea} (Bot.), the annual plant {Lathyrus odoratus}; also, its many-colored, sweet-scented blossoms. [1913 Webster]


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  • Cicer — Scientific classification Kingdom: Plantae (unranked) …   Wikipedia

  • CICER — frigi torrerique solebat. Hinc in Aristophams Pace, rusticus descributur, Α᾿νθρακίζων τοὐρεβίνθου; Cicer super carbones torrens. Et in Ε᾿κκλησιαζούσαις, p. 2. Scholiastes, ὑποπίνοντες, ait, ἔκοπτον φρικτοὺς ἐρεβίνθους, Largius poti frictum cicer… …   Hofmann J. Lexicon universale

  • Cicer — (C. L.), Pflanzengattung aus der Familie[136] der Papilionaceae Vicieae, Diadelphie, Dekandrie L.; Kelch fünfspaltig, Staubgefäße zweibrüderig, die Staubfäden an der Spitze verbreitert, Griffel kahl, Hülfe aufgeblasen, häutig, einfächerig,… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Cicer — Tourn. (Kichererbse, Kicherling, Kaffee Erbse), Gattung der Leguminosen, ein oder mehrjährige, oft drüsig behaarte Kräuter mit unpaarig oder paarig gefiederten Blättern, gezahnten oder eingeschnittenen Fiedern, kleinen Wickelranken oder Borsten… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Cicer — Tourn., Pflanzengattg. der Leguminosen. Von C. arietīnum L. (Kichererbse [Abb. 352]), in Südeuropa und im Orient wild wachsend, dienen die Samen als Nahrungsmittel (in Spanien Garbanzos), auch als Kaffeesurrogat …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • cicer — [sisɛʀ] n. m., ou cicerole [sisʀɔl] n. f. ⇒ Pois (chiche) …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Cicer —   Cicer …   Wikipedia Español

  • Cicer — Pois chiche Pour les articles homonymes, voir Pois (homonymie) …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Cicer — ID 18866 Symbol Key CICER Common Name cicer Family Fabaceae Category Dicot Division Magnoliophyta US Nativity N/A US/NA Plant Yes State Distribution AL, CT, ID, KS, MA, MD, NH, NY, OR, PR, VT, WA, WI Growth Habit N/A …   USDA Plant Characteristics

  • Cicer — noun chickpea plant; Asiatic herbs • Syn: ↑genus Cicer • Hypernyms: ↑rosid dicot genus • Member Holonyms: ↑Papilionoideae, ↑subfamily Papilionoideae …   Useful english dictionary

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