a plant, Vigna unguiculata, extensively cultivated in the southern U.S. for forage, soil improvement, etc.
the seed of this plant, used for food.
Also called black-eyed pea.

1810–20, Americanism; cow1 + pea Unabridged
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cowpea (ˈkaʊˌpiː)
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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Applying the proper amount of irrigation water at the proper time can be factors that affect the yield of cowpea.
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