snap pea


: a cultivated pea that has edible usually round pods easily snapped like beans and that is classified with the snow pea as a variety (Pisum sativum macrocarpon)

called also sugar snap pea

Examples of snap pea in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web A little gem lettuce and endive make a good bed for a profusion of farmers' market finds, including snap peas, radishes, and Persian cucumbers. Erin Cavoto, Country Living, 10 July 2023 Nearby are stands of snap peas, collard greens, grapefruits and apples. Emily Wax-Thibodeaux, Washington Post, 15 Oct. 2023 Toss together watercress, snap peas, Feta, carrot, radishes, almonds, prosciutto, and half the dressing in a bowl. Christopher Michel, Country Living, 27 Feb. 2023 Working in batches, cook snap peas, in a single layer, without stirring, until blackened on one side, 3 to 4 minutes (add more oil for each batch as needed). Christopher Michel, Country Living, 27 Feb. 2023 This veggie tray is perfect for the appetizers table with carrots, celery, radishes, broccoli, and snap peas. Sarah Yang, Sunset Magazine, 18 Sep. 2023 Add snap peas, chicken, and onion and toss to combine. Tina Martinez, Good Housekeeping, 17 Apr. 2023 One of our favorite signs of spring is fresh snap peas from the farmers' market or a roadside stand. Christopher Michel, Country Living, 27 Feb. 2023 Drizzle the cakes and side salad, topped with crunchy snap peas and radishes, with homemade buttermilk dressing. Patricia Shannon, Southern Living, 4 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1978, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of snap pea was in 1978

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“Snap pea.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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