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.

1540–50; alteration of chich-pea, equivalent to late Middle English chiche (< Middle FrenchLatin cicer chickpea) + pea Unabridged
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chickpea (ˈtʃɪkˌpiː)
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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Example sentences
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.
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