pea

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 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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Brant Daugherty and Kim Hidalgo are two peas in a very organized pod. Melody Chiu, PEOPLE.com, "Inside Brant Daugherty and Kim Hidalgo’s Emotional Wedding (and Surprise Identical Vows!)," 19 June 2019 All this to say, fava beans here in California are like those peas in my home state. Ben Mims, latimes.com, "The Saturday Cook: Fava beans shine in a vegetarian spin on scampi," 8 June 2019 The oil in each product is supposed to mimic beef’s fat content; the soy and pea proteins mimic the protein content. Emily Atkin, The New Republic, "The Promise and Problem of Fake Meat," 7 June 2019 The Sullivan employs a ground lamb/pork mix with its carrots, peas and onions. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "Slainté! Sanfording at The Sullivan is trad and true ... and pretty tasty," 4 June 2019 The stir-fry of farro, kimchi, carrots, peas, bok choy and scallions comes together fast. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "Favorite Fried Rice, Whole-Grain Edition," 30 Aug. 2018 Add the carrots and peas; cook for 1 minute, then add the scallion, ginger, garlic and crushed red pepper flakes. Yotam Ottolenghi, sacbee, "These stalks are the talk of Great Britain | The Sacramento Bee," 17 Apr. 2018 This includes beans of all kinds (black, red, pinto, navy, white, kidney, lima, fava, etc.), peas, chickpeas, lentils, and peanuts and peanut butter. Molly Kimball, nola.com, "The do’s and don’ts of the nutrient-rich Whole 30 diet: Best of Molly Kimball," 18 June 2019 At Westbrook Lobster in Clinton and Wallingford the lobster pot pie ($23) features tarragon-sherry cream, potatoes, peas, corn, carrots, green beans and puff pastry. Leeanne Griffin, courant.com, "(Not) on a roll: 7 unexpected lobster dishes you can find in Connecticut," 14 June 2019

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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 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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