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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The particles, many no bigger than a grain of sand or a pea, blast across the sky at 132,000 mph and disintegrate high up in our atmosphere after making a brilliant flash of light. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Catch a shooting star: The summer's best meteor shower – the Perseids – peak tonight," 12 Aug. 2019 Then, stir in the cauliflower, corn, peas, spinach, kale and chard. Wolfgang Puck, Twin Cities, "Wolfgang Puck: Are you enjoying an overabundant summer harvest? Put it in your soup pot!," 31 July 2019 Water is the primary ingredient, followed by a lot of oils (canola, coconut and sunflower), extracts, starches and a pea protein. Chuck Blount,, "Believe the hype. Beyond Meat is worth grilling," 22 July 2019 The Impossible Burger is made with soy protein, and the Beyond Burger is made with pea protein. Annie Zak, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage restaurants make room on menus for new ‘plant-based’ burgers," 27 June 2019 And how to persuade them to eat their peas and carrots? Emily Langer, Washington Post, "Leann Birch, scientist who came to the aid of picky eaters and their parents, dies at 72," 12 June 2019 Serve the juicy bird with your macaroni and cheese and tiny green peas (from frozen). Susan Nicholson, ajc, "7 Day Menu Planner," 16 Feb. 2018 Entrees are prime short rib with potato gnocchi and peas, crab tortellini with black truffle and basil oil or Scottish salmon with soba noodle salad. Michael Mayo,, "Four picks for Delray Beach Restaurant Week Aug. 1-7," 30 July 2019 The dairy aisle is crowded with milk alternatives made with cashews, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, oat, rice, hemp, pea, and bananas, many with sweetened or vanilla-flavored variations and fortified with extra nutrients. Chicago Tribune Staff,, "Daywatch: No signs of ICE raids for now, blockbuster federal indictments against R. Kelly and other things to know to start your day," 15 July 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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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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