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 seedsb : the seed of the peac 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 chickpea black-eyed pea; also : the seed of such a plant
3 : something resembling a pea (as in size or shape)
Examples of pea in a Sentence
We're growing tomatoes and peas in our garden this year.
Recent Examples of pea from the Web
They're surrounded by equally flourishing spinach, zucchini and pea plants all developed through hours of careful work — which could seem cumbersome to new gardeners, but not to Holmes.
Served in a rich and creamy sauce infused with mushrooms and parmesan, the gnocchi were tender and complemented by the pop of fresh English peas and delicate asparagus.
In addition to dumpling instruction, there will be chopstick lessons and a competition to see who can most easily pick up a single, round pea.
While many summery veggies, such as asparagus and sugar snap peas, are limited on this plan, zucchinis are well tolerated.
Today's recipe, which features orzo pasta, salutes fresh asparagus and peas, two springtime specialties.
The bed sat low on a wooden platform with a pea-green silk comforter and gold tassels.
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Another trellis supports peas, with other vegetables planted closely around the base of its container.
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Origin and Etymology of pea
back-formation from Middle English pease (taken as a plural), from Old English pise, from Latin pisa, plural of pisum, from Greek pison
First Known Use: 1666See Words from the same year
PEA Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of pea for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of pea for Students
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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