noun cow·pea \ˈkau̇-ˌpē\

Definition of cowpea

  1. :  a sprawling herb (Vigna unguiculata synonym V. sinensis) of the legume family related to the bean and widely cultivated in the southern U.S. for forage, green manure, and edible seeds; also :  its edible seed —called also black-eyed pea, field pea


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