gar·​ban·​zo | \ gär-ˈbän-(ˌ)zō How to pronounce garbanzo (audio) also -ˈban- \
plural garbanzos

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Examples of garbanzo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web My pantry is always stocked with: Spanish jarred butter beans, garbanzo beans and cannellini beans. Charlotte Druckman, WSJ, 5 Jan. 2022 Strain garbanzo beans and white beans over a bowl to catch the juices., 11 Oct. 2021 Starting with 1 pound fresh in-shell garbanzo beans (or another fresh bean like romano), remove their thin outer shell. Los Angeles Times, 2 Sep. 2021 An unassuming cazuela filled with garbanzo beans, raisins, pine nuts and ground morcilla was infused with the blood sausage’s comforting spice. Michael Russell, oregonlive, 1 Sep. 2021 Or stir in garbanzo beans (also called chickpeas), for a slightly firmer textural contrast and a nuttier taste. Casey Barber, CNN, 22 Aug. 2021 Diners can request their consommé with or without garbanzo beans and even ask for specific parts of the goat, like just the ribs, neck or the head, which Garcia cuts open for customers., 20 July 2021 There’s also the vegetarian and gluten-friendly Cobb salad with kale, cashew poblano ranch, avocado, corn, snap peas, pickled jicama, cherry tomatoes, garbanzo beans and gorgonzola. Teri Webster, Dallas News, 7 July 2021 The vegetarian rendition includes components that maximize moisture: sweet potatoes, garbanzo beans and tomatoes. Soleil Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, 2 July 2021

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First Known Use of garbanzo

1712, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for garbanzo

borrowed from Spanish (earlier usually garvanço), alteration (perhaps by blending with garroba "carob, algaroba" or gálbana "kind of pea") of earlier arvanço, ervanço, of uncertain origin

Note: Recorded as arbānsuš or arbānšuš among Hispanic words in the Arabic pharmacopoeia Kitāb al-Mustaʻīnī of Yūsuf bin Isḥāq ibn Baklāriš (ca. 1106). As noted by Joan Coromines (Diccionario crítico etimológico castellano e hispánico), Greek erébinthos "chickpea" is unlikely to be the immediate source; the change i > a is ad hoc, and the outcome of -th- as z/ç is questionable. The initial arv-/erv- is comparable with a widespread group of words presumably of Mediterranean substratal origin—in addition to Greek erébinthos and órobos "the vetch Vicia ervilia," there are Latin ervum "the vetch Vicia ervilia," Germanic *arw(a)-(a)itō "pea" (whence Old High German araweiz, Old Saxon eriwit, erit, Old Norse ertr), Middle Irish orbaind "grains." The suffix of the Spanish word (*-antio?) is of obscure origin.

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“Garbanzo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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