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

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Centerpieces were clustered with delicate sprigs of pink sweet pea blooms that seemed to attract the crystal butterflies (Swarovski, of course) hovering nearby. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "At Austria’s Famous Salzburg Festival, the Hills Do Come Alive With the Sound of Music," 2 Aug. 2018 The bouquet also included sweet peas, lily of the valley, astilbe, jasmine, and astrantia. Megan Friedman, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle’s Royal Wedding Bouquet Was Placed on the Grave of the Unknown Warrior at Westminster Abbey," 20 May 2018 Poulet blanchi, gently stewed in a cream sauce with sweet peas, a hint of garlic and onions. Kate Washington, sacbee, "It’s good to be back: Celestin’s revives its particular brand of gumbo and grace," 22 June 2018 Some dishes are just lovely: those sweet peas, those crudites, a foie gras terrine served with summer truffle and strawberries, some in strawberry gastrique, others with a porcini-cocoa butter shell. Devra First, BostonGlobe.com, "What’s on the menu at Falmouth’s Buffalo Jump? ‘Weird food that only weirdos like’," 11 July 2018 The elevated beds enable Rocci to stand or sit while tending tomatoes, basil and arugula intermingled with nasturtiums, marigolds and sweet peas. Emily Young, latimes.com, "Making sure Mom and Dad can age in their own space," 15 June 2018 Similarly, a chunk of big-eye tuna from the main dishes came with savory romesco and sweet peas, which would have been enough. Kate Washington, sacbee, "If Allora can learn to relax a little, it will be one of the city's best restaurants | The Sacramento Bee," 11 May 2018 From the entrees, a sleeper hit was poulet blanchi, chicken cooked in a cream sauce with sweet peas and onions. Kate Washington, sacbee, "It’s good to be back: Celestin’s revives its particular brand of gumbo and grace," 22 June 2018 Things are growing fast under the midnight sun and those plants that need support to prevent damage, such as delphiniums, or to encourage climbing, as with sweet peas, should be taken care of. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "Your garden chore this week? Do the neighborly thing and tidy up," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of sweet pea

1732, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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