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 Gluten-free magas, a soft square of chickpea flour soaked in milk and ghee, topped with cardamom powder and poppy seeds. Kara Baskin,, "At Home Kitchen in Needham, inventive dishes, speedily delivered," 11 Feb. 2021 Make the meatballs: In a wide mixing bowl, combine the lamb, onion, salt, pepper, turmeric, cardamom, baking powder, chickpea powder and egg. Dallas News, "Persian chicken soup recipe with saffron, rose petals, and lamb meatballs," 4 Feb. 2021 David MacMillan was grabbing ingredients for a coconut chickpea dish at a Giant grocery store in Washington when a woman in a lab coat from the in-store pharmacy came up to him and his friend. Bernard Condon, Star Tribune, "Lucky few hit COVID-19 vaccine jackpot for rare extra doses," 22 Jan. 2021 Meatless Monday has never been so easy— these delicious chickpea fritters are hearty and filling without too much effort. Taylor Murray, Good Housekeeping, "Falafel Chopped Salad," 21 Jan. 2021 The crispy chickpea balls arrive with nearly a dozen accompaniments, including hummus, fresh cabbage, sauerkraut and pickled turnips — a light but filling vegan meal. Janelle Bitker,, "11 vegetable-centric takeout options from Bay Area restaurants for New Year’s health kicks," 12 Jan. 2021 Her Trinidad soul food has been bringing people to her door though, and doubles – turmeric flatbread wrapped around curried chickpea and chutney – are a great introduction. Ian Mcnulty,, "50 dishes to tell the stories of 2020 and try in 2021 (yes, there’s lots of takeout)," 28 Dec. 2020 Anchovies sales increased by 58 percent in Houston, chickpea purchases went up by 36 percent and oat milk sales increased by 300 percent. Shacamree Gowdy, Chron, "The weird stuff Houstonians craved most during quarantine," 21 Dec. 2020 Their chickpea pasta is not only gluten-free and protein rich, but also free of common allergy causing ingredients like peanuts, thanks to being produced in a dedicated plant. Popular Science, "The best chickpea-based pastas and rice," 8 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of chickpea

1542, 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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20 Feb 2021

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“Chickpea.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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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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