cowpea

noun

cow·​pea ˈkau̇-ˌpē How to pronounce cowpea (audio)
: 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 In reality, cowpeas and black eyed peas are the same thing! Paige Grandjean, Southern Living, 9 Nov. 2023 Earlier recipes dating back to the 1800s called for cowpeas, red peas, or field peas. Paige Grandjean, Southern Living, 9 Nov. 2023 Field peas are cowpeas, so named because they were grown as a rotational crop in the fields instead of in kitchen gardens. Sheri Castle, Southern Living, 21 Sep. 2023 Field peas or cowpeas are hearty and heat-loving beans that come in many varieties and names (zipper, crowder, cream, black-eye, pink-eye). Liv Dansky, Southern Living, 16 July 2023 There are negative comments here about cowpeas being used for Hoppin' John not black eyed peas. Paige Grandjean, Southern Living, 1 July 2023 Field peas, or cowpeas, are usually grown as a cover crop in dry, arid environments like Southern summers. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 11 June 2023 Field peas are also called cowpeas, and the South is rich with many types of field peas during the summer, when the hot, dry days make ideal growing conditions for the peas. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 11 June 2023 Jessica Sakwa and her husband, Ken, run a peanut and cowpea farm in eastern Uganda. IEEE Spectrum, 6 June 2013

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Word History

First Known Use

1776, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cowpea was in 1776

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cowpea

noun
cow·​pea ˈkau̇-ˌpē How to pronounce cowpea (audio)
: a sprawling herb related to the bean and grown in the southern U.S. especially as food for livestock and for green manure
also : its edible seed

called also black-eyed pea

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