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beach pea

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 of beach pea
1795-1805, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He liked the beach-pea (Lathyrus maritimus), cooked green, as well as the cultivated.

    Cape Cod Henry D. Thoreau

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