sweet pea
noun Date: 1732 1. a widely cultivated Italian legume (Lathyrus odoratus) having slender usually climbing stems, ovate leaves, and large fragrant flowers 2. the flower of a sweet pea

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  • Sweet 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

  • Sweet pea — Sweet Sweet, a. [Compar. {Sweeter}; superl. {Sweetest}.] [OE. swete, swote, sote, AS. sw[=e]te; akin to OFries. sw[=e]te, OS. sw[=o]ti, D. zoet, G. s[ u]ss, OHG. suozi, Icel. s[ae]tr, s[oe]tr, Sw. s[ o]t, Dan. s[ o]d, Goth. suts, L. suavis, for… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sweet pea — sweet peas also sweetpea N COUNT A sweet pea is a climbing plant which has delicate, sweet smelling flowers …   English dictionary

  • sweet pea — ► NOUN ▪ a climbing plant of the pea family with colourful fragrant flowers …   English terms dictionary

  • sweet pea — n. a climbing annual plant (Lathyrus odoratus) of the pea family, with butterfly shaped flowers …   English World dictionary

  • sweet pea — [ US ˈ. .] n a climbing plant with sweet smelling flowers in pale colours …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • sweet pea — sweet′ pea n. pln a climbing plant, Lathyrus odoratus, of the legume family, having sweet scented flowers • Etymology: 1725–35 …   From formal English to slang

  • sweet pea — noun count a climbing plant with colorful flowers that have a strong pleasant smell …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Sweet pea — For other uses, see Sweet Pea (disambiguation). Sweet pea Scientific classification Kingdom: Plantae …   Wikipedia

  • sweet pea — a climbing plant, Lathyrus odoratus, of the legume family, having sweet scented flowers. [1725 35] * * * Annual plant (Lathyrus odoratus) of the pea family (see legume), native to Italy and widely cultivated elsewhere for its beautiful, fragrant… …   Universalium

  • sweet pea — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms sweet pea : singular sweet pea plural sweet peas a climbing plant with colourful flowers that have a strong pleasant smell …   English dictionary

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