chick·​pea | \ ˈchik-ˌpē How to pronounce chickpea (audio) \

Definition of chickpea

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

Examples of chickpea in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Blue Zone residents eat a wide variety of vegetables, in addition to pulses (beans, lentils, peas, chickpeas), fruit, whole grains, nuts, and seeds. Cynthia Sass, Mph,, "What Is the 'Blue Zone' Diet? A Nutritionist Explains the Eating Plan That May Help You Live Longer and Healthier," 12 Dec. 2019 Canned or frozen veggies, fruit, and lower-sodium beans, lentils, chickpeas and peas all retain their peak nutritional quality and cost a lot less. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'GMA' Fans Have a Lot of Questions About Michael Strahan's Diet," 30 Sep. 2019 The black rice bowl ($9) has become another favorite with its chewy-terrific rice, blackberries, mango, roasted cashews, chickpeas, feta, and pesto., "Healthy foods taste delicious at Cohasset’s Daily Press - The Boston Globe," 19 Dec. 2019 That means five kinds of beans: split peas, lentils, chickpeas, red kidney beans, and black beans. Carey Polis, Bon Appétit, "My Favorite Place for Soup Is Hidden in a Pizza Restaurant," 18 Dec. 2019 Options may include curry chickpeas, jerk barbecue tofu and johnnycakes, as well as a rotating menu of Caribbean specials, such as a vegan take on sauteed ackee. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, azcentral, "Coffee, poutine and tacos: These new restaurants opened in metro Phoenix in November," 3 Dec. 2019 Beans, legumes and pulses (such as lentils and chickpeas), compared with any other food, are the most important dietary predictor of longevity. Dan Buettner, CNN, "A 'blue zones' diet: Live longer from what you eat," 3 Dec. 2019 Those righteous vegetables lost their way only once, in a vegan pâté that homogenized the flavors of eggplant, chickpeas, walnuts and capers into a bland whirl that tasted like pimento cheese on its day off. Mike Sutter,, "Review: 188 South gives New Braunfels restaurant fans a strong place for pizza, cocktails and small plates," 28 Nov. 2019 In addition to some of the hot and cold mezze dishes Phoenicia is known for, Leila also offers awarma fatteh — a common Lebanese breakfast dish made of yogurt, stewed chickpeas, crispy pita and lamb confit. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "8 Detroit-area restaurants that have opened since August," 30 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of chickpea

circa 1722, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chickpea

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

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The first known use of chickpea was circa 1722

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5 Jan 2020

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“Chickpea.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of chickpea

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


chick·​pea | \ ˈchik-ˌpē How to pronounce chickpea (audio) \

Kids Definition of chickpea

: 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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