noun, often attributive \ˈpē\

: a small, round, green seed that is eaten as a vegetable and that is formed in a seed case (called a pod) of a climbing plant; also : a plant that produces peas

plural peas also pease \ˈpēz\

Full Definition of PEA

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
:  any of various leguminous plants related to or resembling the pea —usually used in combination or with a qualifying term <chickpea> <black-eyed pea>; also :  the seed of such a plant
:  something resembling a pea (as in size or shape)

Examples of PEA

  1. We're growing tomatoes and peas in our garden this year.

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Origin of PEA

back-formation from Middle English pease (taken as a plural), from Old English pise, from Latin pisa, plural of pisum, from Greek pison
First Known Use: 1611

Rhymes with PEA

b, be, bee, c, cay, cee, Cree, d, dee, Dee, dree, e, fee, flea, flee, free, g, gee, ghee, glee, gree, he, key, Key, knee, lea, lee, me, mi, p, pee, plea, pree, quay, re, Rhee, scree, sea, see, she, si, ski, spree, sri, t, tea, tee, the, thee, three, ti, tree, twee, Twi, v, vee, we, wee, whee, ye, z, zee


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Pea (Pisum sativum)—Walter Chandoha

Any of several species, comprising hundreds of varieties, of herbaceous annual plants belonging to the family Leguminosae (or Fabaceae, also known as the pea family; see legume), grown virtually worldwide for their edible seeds. Pisum sativum is the common garden pea of the Western world, which Gregor Mendel used for his pioneering studies of heredity. While their origins have not been definitely determined, it is known that peas are one of the oldest cultivated crops. Some varieties, called sugar peas, snow peas, or mange-touts, have edible pods and are popular in East Asian cuisines. See also sweet pea.


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