chick-pea

chickpea

[chik-pee]
noun
1.
Also called garbanzo. a widely cultivated plant, Cicer arietinum, of the legume family, bearing pods containing pealike seeds.
2.
the seeds of this plant, used extensively as a food.

Origin:
1540–50; alteration of chich-pea, equivalent to late Middle English chiche (< Middle FrenchLatin cicer chickpea) + pea

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chickpea (ˈtʃɪkˌpiː)
 
n
1.  a bushy leguminous plant, Cicer arietinum, cultivated for its edible pealike seeds in the Mediterranean region, central Asia, and Africa
2.  Also called: garbanzo the seed of this plant
 
[C16 ciche peasen, from ciche (from French chiche, from Latin cicer chickpea) + peasen; see pea]

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Main Entry:  chick-pea
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  See ceci bean
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chick-pea
1712, false singular back-formation from chich-pease (1548), from Fr. pois chiche, from L. cicer "pea." (for second element, see pease).
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