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green pea

noun
1.
pea1 (defs 1–3).

pea1

[pee] /pi/
noun, plural peas (Archaic or British Dialect) pease or peasen [pee-zuh n] /ˈpi zən/ (Show IPA)
1.
the round, edible seed of a widely cultivated plant, Pisum sativum, of the legume family.
2.
the plant itself.
3.
the green, somewhat inflated pod of this plant.
4.
any of various related or similar plants or their seed, as the chickpea.
5.
something resembling a pea, especially in being small and round.
adjective
6.
pertaining to, growing, containing, or cooked with peas:
We cultivated some tomato vines and a pea patch.
7.
small or small and round (usually used in combination).
8.
Also called English pea, garden pea, green pea (for defs 1, 2).
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English; back formation from pease, taken as plural
Related forms
pealike, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for green pease

pea

/piː/
noun
1.
an annual climbing leguminous plant, Pisum sativum, with small white flowers and long green pods containing edible green seeds: cultivated in temperate regions
2.
  1. the seed of this plant, eaten as a vegetable
  2. (as modifier) pea soup
3.
any of several other leguminous plants, such as the sweet pea, chickpea, and cowpea
Derived Forms
pealike, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from pease (incorrectly assumed to be a plural)
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Word Origin and History for green pease
pea
17c., false singular from M.E. pease (pl. pesen), which was both single and collective (e.g. wheat, corn) but was mistaken for a plural, from O.E. pise (W.Saxon), piose (Mercian) "pea," from L.L. pisa, variant of L. pisum "pea," from Gk. pison, perhaps of Thracian or Phrygian origin. Pea soup is first recorded 1711 (pease-soup); applied to London fogs since at least 1849. In Breton, piz, lit. "peas," also means "stingy," perhaps as a semantic borrowing of Fr. chiche "stingy," lit. "small," which also happens to be a homonym of chiche "peas." The Fr. word for small ultimately may be from L. ciccum, the same root as the word for "peas."
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Slang definitions & phrases for green pease

pea

Related Terms

sweet pea


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with green pease
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