cow·​pea | \ ˈkau̇-ˌpē How to pronounce cowpea (audio) \

Definition of cowpea

: 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

Examples of cowpea in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Beans in the cowpea group, such as the familiar black-eyed pea, also have this characteristic. oregonlive, 9 June 2021 The best plants in this category are forage soybeans, cowpeas, and lablab. Gerald Almy, Field & Stream, 28 May 2020 Black-eyed peas: These small earthy-flavored beans, also known as crowder peas and cowpeas, are particularly cherished in Southern cooking. Melissa Clark, NYT Cooking, 13 Mar. 2018 Dasher began focusing the family farm on bahiagrass, rye and cowpeas in the 1970s. Jenny Staletovich,, 14 Aug. 2019 Gottlieb, who’d started out as an agricultural chemist by writing a thesis on cowpeas, joined the agency in 1951. Christopher Tayler, Harper's magazine, 19 Aug. 2019 They are found on cowpeas, lima beans, snap beans, soybeans in most states east of the Mississippi River as well as parts of Arizona, Colorado, Nebraska, Texas, and Utah. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, 10 July 2018 They are found on cowpeas, lima beans, snap beans, soybeans in most states east of the Mississippi River; also parts of Arizona, Colorado, Nebraska, Texas, Utah. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, 3 June 2016 Field peas or cowpeas—which include black-eyed peas, crowder peas, and cream peas—are, botanically, beans. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, 31 Mar. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of cowpea

1776, in the meaning defined above

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