pea

noun, often attributive
\ ˈpē \
plural peas also pease\ ˈpēz \

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 term chickpeablack-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.

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But the new year brings the kind of zeal and optimism that sends a parent to the farmers market, to replace the Bomb Pops with bananas; the pizza, with peas. Jennifer Traig, WSJ, "The Making of the Picky Eater," 11 Jan. 2019 Ars and Star Trek go together, as the great philosopher once said, like peas and carrots. Lee Hutchinson, Ars Technica, "Ars enters VR and destroys multiple starships in Star Trek: Bridge Crew," 26 Dec. 2018 Gnocchi alla romana, consisting of pancetta, smoked ricotta, peas and carrots, is among the dishes at the Allora restaurant in East Sacramento. Kate Washington, sacbee, "If Allora can learn to relax a little, it will be one of the city's best restaurants," 11 May 2018 Kourt went sans bra in a very sheer shirt, along with a long pea coat, black pants and matching boots for the evening out. Marie Claire, "Kourtney Kardashian Wears a Very Naked Shirt Out to Dinner with Scott Disick and Sofia Richie," 1 Jan. 2019 Once peas are tender, crush gently with potato masher. Ali Bouzari, San Francisco Chronicle, "Housemade: The science behind the skillets at Miss Ollie’s in Oakland," 16 May 2018 Bengal grams, garbanzos, Egyptian peas—the chickpea, by any of its names, is beloved. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Are Chickpeas the New Chic Peas?," 7 Dec. 2018 The Wines hired a gardener to work a five acre plot at their house in New Paltz, growing food for the restaurant — beans and peas and Cavaillon melons, flowers for the tables, fraises des bois for dessert. Jay Cheshes, Town & Country, "Caviar and Cocaine," 6 Feb. 2013 To get rid of them all, salesman Gerry Thomas came up with the idea of filling 5,000 aluminum trays with the turkey – along with cornbread dressing, gravy, peas and sweet potatoes. Taylor Murphy, Good Housekeeping, "19 Fascinating Things You Never Knew About Thanksgiving," 14 Aug. 2018

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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

noun

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

pea

noun
\ ˈpē \
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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