singletary pea

sin·​gle·​tary pea | \ ˈsiŋgəlˌterē- \

Definition of singletary pea

: a weak-stemmed and usually decumbent winter annual legume (Lathyrus hirsutus) native to the Mediterranean region but long established as an escape in the southern U.S. and more recently cultivated as a cover and pasture crop

called also Caley pea, rough pea, wild winterpea

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History and Etymology for singletary pea

singletary probably from single entry 1 + -tary (as in solitary); from its being an escape

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“Singletary pea.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 7 December 2019.

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