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[chik-pee] /ˈtʃɪkˌpi/
Also called garbanzo. a widely cultivated plant, Cicer arietinum, of the legume family, bearing pods containing pealike seeds.
the seeds of this plant, used extensively as a food.
Origin of chickpea
1540-50; alteration of chich-pea, equivalent to late Middle English chiche (< Middle FrenchLatin cicer chickpea) + pea1 Unabridged
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  • One of them carefully unwrapped a paper packet and produced a stone the size of a chickpea.
  • Sometimes, even she is too busy to contemplate a chickpea.
  • The key is to persuade enough people to make a small change--say, from a hamburger to a chickpea fritter at lunch.
  • Expect the likes of smoked beef tongue with chickpea puree and pickled shallots, and garlic beef tartare under a crusty pastry.
  • The chickpea cooking liquid is the base of the soup.
  • chickpea flour lends these vegetables a crisp, nutty flavor.
  • chickpea and lentil will be harvested dried and weighed before removing and weighing chickpea or lentil seed.
  • chickpea seeds are always treated before planting to control damping-off and root rot.
  • chickpea was evaluated for five planting dates and five seeding rates to determine optimum seed yield and quality.
British Dictionary definitions for chickpea


a bushy leguminous plant, Cicer arietinum, cultivated for its edible pealike seeds in the Mediterranean region, central Asia, and Africa
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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