sweet pea


Definition of sweet pea

1 : a widely cultivated Italian legume (Lathyrus odoratus) having slender usually climbing stems, ovate leaves, and large fragrant flowers
2 : the flower of a sweet pea

Examples of sweet pea in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Cut sweet pea flowers regularly to keep the bloom going. Nan Sterman, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Here’s what to plant now in your March garden," 6 Mar. 2021 Plant sweet pea seeds up to four weeks before the last frost date in containers along with a trellis or something else for these colorful vines to climb, and let spring come early this year. Dana Holmes, CNN Underscored, "All the flowers and vegetables to plant now that it’s spring," 22 Mar. 2021 Attractions include the Paul Ecke historic poinsettia display, the sweet pea maze, greenhouses, a playground and the gardens maintained by the San Diego County Master Gardeners. San Diego Union-Tribune, "After taking most of 2020 season off, Flower Fields set to bloom again," 27 Feb. 2021 At Alexander McQueen, eagle-eyed fans may have spotted the sweet pea fabric from the label’s Pre-Spring 2016 collection on shoulder bags, while much of the suiting and sultry lace dresses were produced with deadstock fabrics. Charlie Engman; Styling By Becky Akinyode, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Pandemic Forced Designers to Embrace Upcycled Fashion," 26 Jan. 2021 The favorite cool-weather nectar sources seem to be dianthus, stock, alyssum, sweet pea and calendula. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, "Calvin Finch: The flower annuals to plant now in San Antonio to get you through winter," 22 Oct. 2020 For Butcher, one of the trickiest is the beautiful, fragrant sweet pea, with its garlands of flowers. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, "This year’s unsolicited seed scare highlights the work of legitimate seed growers," 9 Sep. 2020 In addition to the Forget-Me-Nots, Meghan and Harry helped the kids replant their garden for fall with a mix of flowers and vegetables, such as petunias, California wildflowers, tomatoes, squash, sweet pea. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Plant Forget-Me-Nots at a Preschool in Honor of Princess Diana," 1 Sep. 2020 Tomato cages work well as trellises for the sweet pea vines. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, "How to keep your holiday plants going past Christmas," 26 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of sweet pea

1732, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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7 Apr 2021

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“Sweet pea.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sweet%20pea. Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of sweet pea

: a climbing plant with flowers that have a sweet smell

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Kids Definition of sweet pea

: a climbing plant that is grown for its fragrant flowers of many colors

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