chickpea

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noun chick·pea \ˈchik-ˌpē\

Definition of chickpea

  1. :  an Asian herb (Cicer arietinum) of the legume family cultivated for its short pods with one or two seeds; also :  its seed

Origin and Etymology of chickpea

alteration of chich pea, from Middle English chiche, from Anglo-French, from Latin cicer


First Known Use: circa 1722


CHICKPEA Defined for English Language Learners

chickpea

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noun chick·pea \ˈchik-ˌpē\

Definition of chickpea for English Language Learners

  • : a pale round seed that is cooked and eaten as a vegetable


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noun chick·pea \ˈchik-ˌpē\

Definition of chickpea for Students

  1. :  an edible roundish pale yellow seed from the pod of an Asian plant that is cooked and eaten as a vegetable


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