singletary pea

noun

sin·​gle·​tary pea
ˈsiŋgəlˌterē-
: 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

Word History

Etymology

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

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“Singletary pea.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/singletary%20pea. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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