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chickpea

[chik-pee] /ˈtʃɪkˌpi/
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
1540-1550
1540-50; alteration of chich-pea, equivalent to late Middle English chiche (< Middle FrenchLatin cicer chickpea) + pea
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chickpea

/ˈtʃɪkˌpiː/
noun
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
Word Origin
C16 ciche peasen, from ciche (from French chiche, from Latin cicer chickpea) + peasen; see pea
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noun

See ceci bean

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Word Origin and History for chick-pea
n.

1712, false singular back-formation from chich-pease (1540s), from French pois chiche, from Latin cicer "pea," of uncertain origin, but with likely cognates in Greek kikerroi "pale," Armenian sisern "chick-pea," Albanian thjer "lentil." For second element, see pease. The Latin plural, cicera, is also the source of Italian cece and was borrowed into Old High German as chihhra (German Kichererbse).

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