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 Sunday’s government proposal of minimum support prices to farmers who diversify their crops to grow cotton, pigeon peas, black matpe, red lentils and corn was rejected by the protesters, who wanted additional food grains covered. Reuters, NBC News, 21 Feb. 2024 The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), a global innovation network, is setting up gene banks and crossbreeding more productive strains from traditional dryland crops like sorghum, millet and pigeon peas. Katharine Houreld, Washington Post, 2 Dec. 2023 Head to the Indian spice sections at Patel Brothers or Apna Bazar, and get your hands on black cardamom pods, mustard seeds, ghee, and all kinds of dal (split black lentils, pigeon peas, chickpeas) to bring back to your kitchen. Caroline Shin, Bon Appétit, 13 Oct. 2023 Along with cover crops, planting trees that help slow the wind increased the pigeon pea harvest by 50 percent — and this was despite a Category 5 hurricane hitting the island during the study period. Moises Velasquez-Manoff, New York Times, 8 Nov. 2022 Masy Liafineno’e, a single mother of seven children, has planted hedges of pigeon pea shrubs as a windbreaker to shield her few rows of beans, corn and sweet potatoes that have sprouted against the odds. Lynsey Chutel Joao Silva, New York Times, 16 Nov. 2022 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

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Word History

First Known Use

1683, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
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 23 Apr. 2024.

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