noun, often attributive
\ ˈpē How to pronounce pea (audio) \
plural peas also pease\ ˈpēz How to pronounce pease (audio) \

Definition of pea

1a : a variable annual Eurasian vine (Pisum sativum) of the legume family that is cultivated especially for its rounded smooth or wrinkled edible protein-rich seeds
b : the seed of the pea
c peas also pease plural : the immature pods of the pea with their included seeds
2 : any of various leguminous plants related to or resembling the pea usually used in combination or with a qualifying termchickpeablack-eyed pea also : the seed of such a plant
3 : something resembling a pea (as in size or shape)

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Examples of pea in a Sentence

We're growing tomatoes and peas in our garden this year.
Recent Examples on the Web Tyson's Raised and Rooted brand blend chicken and beef products with pea protein. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "6 food and drink trends to watch for in 2020," 9 Jan. 2020 Beyond Meat, which makes burgers and sausages from pea protein, had one of the most successful IPOs of the year. Washington Post, "Markets in 2019: record stocks, lower rates, so-so IPOs," 26 Dec. 2019 Others have pointed out that some of the film's producers -- like Cameron who is the CEO of Verdient Foods, an organic pea protein company -- have a commercial interest in turning the world vegan. Daniel Gallan, CNN, "Macho vegans: The documentary that's changing the script on plant-based diets," 18 Dec. 2019 The Blend, from Tyson Foods, is made using pea protein, just like Beyond Meat’s burger. Tom Bartlett, Wired, "The Not-Future of Meat," 4 Dec. 2019 The Beyond Burger has about 18 ingredients, including purified pea protein, coconut and canola oils, rice protein, potato starch and beet juice extract for coloring. New York Times, "Fake Meat vs. Real Meat," 3 Dec. 2019 Tyson Foods, which produces one of every five pounds of meat in the U.S., announced new meatless chicken nuggets this summer, as well as a meat burger blended with pea-protein. Deena Shanker,, "Meat-free burgers turn climate concerns into a sales pitch," 7 Nov. 2019 The El Segundo company first introduced chicken strips made from pea protein to grocery stores in 2012. Jonathan Kauffman, Los Angeles Times, "KFC and Beyond Meat are testing plant-based ‘chicken’ nuggets and wings," 28 Aug. 2019 One fallout from the Duke of York’s involvement in the Jeffrey Epstein scandal is that journalists began to probe into his personal finances which have long shrouded in a fog of pea-soup impenetrability. David Mcclure, Town & Country, "How Realistic is Financial Independence for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle?," 11 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of pea

1666, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

History and Etymology for pea

back-formation from Middle English pease (taken as a plural), from Old English pise, from Latin pisa, plural of pisum, from Greek pison

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“Pea.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of pea

: a small, round, green seed that is eaten as a vegetable and that is formed in a seed case (called a pod) of a climbing plant also : a plant that produces peas


\ ˈpē How to pronounce pea (audio) \
plural peas\ ˈpēz \

Kids Definition of pea

1 : a round green seed that is eaten as a vegetable and comes from the pods of a climbing garden plant
2 : a plant (as the sweet pea) resembling or related to the garden plant that produces peas

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