chickpea

noun chick·pea \ ˈchik-ˌpē \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

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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Origin and Etymology of chickpea

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


CHICKPEA Defined for English Language Learners

chickpea

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Definition of chickpea for English Language Learners

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


CHICKPEA Defined for Kids

chickpea

noun chick·pea \ ˈchik-ˌpē \

Definition of chickpea for Students

: 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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