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cowpea

[kou-pee] /ˈkaʊˌpi/
noun
1.
a plant, Vigna unguiculata, extensively cultivated in the southern U.S. for forage, soil improvement, etc.
2.
the seed of this plant, used for food.
Also called black-eyed pea.
Origin
1810-1820
1810-20, Americanism; cow1 + pea
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British Dictionary definitions for cow-pea

cowpea

/ˈkaʊˌpiː/
noun
1.
a leguminous tropical climbing plant, Vigna sinensis, producing long pods containing edible pealike seeds: grown for animal fodder and sometimes as human food
2.
Also called black-eyed pea. the seed of this plant
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