beach-pea

beach pea

noun
either of two plants of the legume family, Lathyrus japonicus, of seashores of the North Temperate Zone, or L. littoralis, of the temperate western coast of North America, both having oblong leaves and clusters of pealike flowers.

Origin:
1795–1805, Americanism

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beach pea

noun
wild pea of seashores of north temperate zone having tough roots and purple flowers and useful as a sand binder 
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