pigeon pea

noun

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, "Everything beans can do, lentils can do better," 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, "How I cooked my way out of Indian Impostor Syndrome," 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, "Tejal Rao’s 10 Essential Indian Recipes," 9 Mar. 2020 Menu must Arroz con gandules and pernil (rice with pigeon peas and pork). Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Long-awaited family-run bakery and cafe serves up Puerto Rican specialties," 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, "Where to Find the Best Lechon in Puerto Rico," 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, "A humble feast begins with lentils," 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, "Maria influx comes with more Puerto Rican cuisine," 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, "These seeds will captivate you whether you’re a gardener or not," 22 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of pigeon pea

1683, in the meaning defined above

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“Pigeon pea.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pigeon%20pea. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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