pigeon pea


Definition of pigeon pea

: a leguminous shrubby herb (Cajanus cajan) with trifoliate leaves, yellow flowers, and flattened pods that is much cultivated especially in the tropics also : its small highly nutritious seed

Examples of pigeon pea in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Split pigeon peas: Think of these like red lentils stepped up a notch. Dallas News, 20 Apr. 2020 This dal uses toor dal, a split pigeon pea with a sweet, nutty flavor and can be made in an Instant Pot. Leena Trivedi-grenier, SFChronicle.com, 17 Apr. 2020 The flavor of this everyday, Gujarati-style dal comes from the pure nuttiness of split pigeon peas, boiled until tender and bolstered with spices bloomed in hot ghee. Tejal Rao, New York Times, 9 Mar. 2020 Menu must Arroz con gandules and pernil (rice with pigeon peas and pork). Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12 Dec. 2019 Los Pinos is also known for its delicious sides like morcilla (blood sausage), arroz con guandules (rice with pigeon peas) and fried-to-perfection plantains. Kris Fordham, Condé Nast Traveler, 5 Aug. 2019 Throughout the Caribbean and Central America, beans and rice (or rice with beans) is made with pigeon peas, red beans or black turtle beans, to name a few. David Tanis, The Seattle Times, 7 Jan. 2019 According to travel website TripSavvy, arroz con gandules — pigeon peas with rice — is the official dish of the island. Kyle Arnold, OrlandoSentinel.com, 31 Jan. 2018 Some seeds, like those of birches, waft on the wind; others, like the pigeon pea, are floaters that drift, raftlike, to other continents. Erin Blakemore, Washington Post, 22 Apr. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of pigeon pea

1683, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pigeon pea was in 1683

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“Pigeon pea.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pigeon%20pea. Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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