chickpea

noun
chick·​pea | \ˈchik-ˌpē \

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

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Lunch is a salad topped with legumes like chickpeas or black beans. Jen Murphy, WSJ, "The Chef Who Left His Kitchen To Keep Off 200 Pounds," 1 Dec. 2018 Bright and herby smashed chickpeas get spooned on garlicky toast that’s been smoothed with harissa yogurt to make the perfect vegetarian tartine. Molly Baz, Bon Appetit, "Smashed Chickpeas on Toast with Harissa Yogurt," 28 May 2018 To serve, toss roasted chickpeas and potatoes with cauliflower mixture. Melissa Clark, The Seattle Times, "How to make sheet-pan suppers without the meat," 1 Oct. 2018 Add the chickpeas, cucumber, bell pepper, onion, and tomatoes, and mix gently to combine. Sarah Baird, Glamour, "Food on the Front Lines: Meet the People Fueling the Resistance," 7 Sep. 2018 But the menu looks familiar, with certain fan favorites revived: endive-and-Roquefort salad; a velvety chickpea pancake, topped with salty-sweet gravlax; wedges of lightly seared, crusted yellowfin tuna with red-pepper coulis. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, "Tom Valenti Returns with Oxbow Tavern, and Gimmicks to Go at Lucky Pickle," 21 June 2018 Another noteworthy pick is the garlicky chickpea spread ($2 each) smeared on a cut of crusty Gaston’s Bakery baguette, with a piece of pickled celery on top. James Patrick Kelly, idahostatesman, "Downtown Boise’s Txikiteo bolsters the list of locally owned Basque eateries," 30 May 2018 Blend at high speed until mixture is completely smooth and all whole chickpeas are broken down. Adina Steiman, WSJ, "A Cookbook Packed With Red-Blooded Vegetarian Fare," 31 May 2018 By tradition, the finished couscous, heaped with whole chickpeas and great logs of carrots, is scooped from a communal plate and rolled between the thumb and the first two fingers, to make a ready mouthful. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "A Menu of Moroccan Tradition, and Generosity, in Brooklyn," 3 May 2018

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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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chickpea

noun

English Language Learners Definition of chickpea

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

chickpea

noun
chick·​pea | \ˈchik-ˌpē \

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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