field pea


: a small-seeded pea (Pisum sativum var. arvense) widely grown for forage, food, and green manure
also : its usually dried green or yellow seed compare split pea
: cowpea

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Dennis, an ambassador for Gullah Geechee culture through food, prefers a smaller, more flavorful field pea variety called Sea Island Red Peas. Brandi Neuwirth, Bon Appétit, 30 June 2022 The Hot and Hot Tomato Salad – a towering stack of sliced tomatoes, field peas, corn kernels and fried okra pods crowned with a thick slice of bacon -- lives on, though. Bob Carlton |, al, 30 Apr. 2020 October-November: Remove tomatoes; plant cover crops such as fava beans, cow peas, field peas and phacelia. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, 5 Sep. 2019 Growers in Canada and the U.S. are expected to seed about 20% more field peas this year, government data show. Michael Hirtzer,, 4 July 2019 This newest paper builds on a major study published in Nature in 2014, finding that elevated levels of carbon dioxide reduced the amount of zinc and iron found in wheat, rice, field peas and soybeans. New York Times, 23 May 2018 This is me on my birthday eating cornbread and black-eyed field peas with rosé. Karen Mizoguchi,, 29 Jan. 2018 The Daily Siftings Herald Arkadelphia, Arkansas Founded: 1920 Just like flour or field peas, the news needs to be sifted too. Southern Living, 7 Aug. 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1707, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of field pea was in 1707

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Cite this Entry

“Field pea.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Mar. 2023.

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