noun (plural peas; also pease) Usage: often attributive Etymology: back-formation from Middle English pease (taken as a plural), from Old English pise, from Latin pisa, plural of pisum, from Greek pison Date: 1611 1. a. a variable annual Eurasian vine (Pisum sativum) of the legume family that is cultivated especially for its rounded smooth or wrinkled edible protein-rich seeds b. the seed of the pea c. plural the immature pods of the pea with their included seeds 2. any of various leguminous plants related to or resembling the pea — usually used in combination or with a qualifying term <
black-eyed pea
; also the seed of such a plant 3. something resembling a pea (as in size or shape)

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