cowpea

noun cow·pea \ ˈkau̇-ˌpē \
|Updated on: 19 May 2018

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

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1776

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