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 On the restaurant menu, customers will find some appetizers: samosas, fried pastries holding vegetables or ground turkey, and bajia, potato covered in chickpea flour and spices and fried. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 19 Apr. 2022 Jury draws inspiration from a number of cuisines from around the world with recipes like herby chickpea fritters from Syria, sweet and sour yellow curry from South Africa, and braised shiitake mushrooms from Taiwan. Bon Appétit, 14 Mar. 2022 Built on a crust made from chickpea flour, it was blessed with a drizzle of tangy and piquant tomato achaar tadka and curry leaves, made with condiments from Agrawal’s condiment business, Brooklyn Delhi. Soleil Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, 28 Mar. 2022 Hailing from the regions of Provence in France and Liguria in Italy, where they are known as farinata, these pancakes are simply crafted from chickpea flour, water, olive oil and seasoning. Chris Dwyer, CNN, 1 Mar. 2022 The crust is made with chickpea and almond flours and olive oil. Washington Post, 8 Jan. 2022 Ditto for egg dishes, like a scramble or chickpea and brussels sprouts frittata. Marygrace Taylor, SELF, 6 Nov. 2021 Make the batter: In a wide bowl, mix 3½ cups water with chickpea flour until well combined. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, 17 Mar. 2022 Ma Gehennet's Eritrean Shiro, a vegan ground chickpea stew) passed on from grandmothers – more affectionately called bibis. Katie Chang, Forbes, 30 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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“Chickpea.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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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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