Definition of cicer
1 plural -s obsolete : chickpea
2 capitalized [New Latin, from Latin, chick-pea] : a genus of Asian herbs (family Leguminosae) having odd-pinnate leaves of several small dentate leaflets and solitary white or pink-tinged flowers
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Origin and Etymology of cicer
Middle English cycer, from Latin cicer; akin to Greek krios chick-pea, Late Greek (Macedonian dialect) kikerros, a kind of pea (probably Lathyrus ochrus), Armenian siseṙn chick-pea
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