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sweet pea

a climbing plant, Lathyrus odoratus, of the legume family, having sweet-scented flowers.
Origin of sweet pea
1725-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for sweet-pea
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  • "There is my money," said the sweet-pea lady, handing her a shilling.

    Better than Play Mabel Quiller-Couch
  • Im awfully sorry, too, for I think my dear sweet-pea ladies need the money.

    The Liberty Girl Rena I. Halsey
  • She might have been counting the blossoms on the sweet-pea stalks.

    Johnny Ludlow. First Series Mrs. Henry Wood
  • Jane wandered to the sweet-pea hedge and hummed a little tune.

    Dimbie and I--and Amelia Mabel Barnes-Grundy
  • Mrs. Cristie dropped upon the ground every sweet-pea blossom she had gathered.

    The Squirrel Inn Frank R. Stockton
  • At one moment he examined the sweet-pea and mourned with it on a wretched existence.

    The Crock of Gold James Stephens
  • Another, like the sweet-pea, dons a kind of helmet, whose vizor must be lifted by its suitor.

    The Insect Jules Michelet
  • Will you meet me tonight near the sweet-pea border—about nine?

    The Bittermeads Mystery E. R. Punshon
  • He patted Dotty's head, and said she looked like "a sweet-pea on tiptoe for a flight."

  • Warm milk when the cows were milked, or sweet-pea sticks, or bran to stuff the dolls' pillows.

    Last Words Juliana Horatia Ewing
British Dictionary definitions for sweet-pea

sweet pea

a climbing leguminous plant, Lathyrus odoratus, of S Europe, widely cultivated for its butterfly-shaped fragrant flowers of delicate pastel colours
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for sweet-pea

sweet on someone

adjective phrase

Enamored of someone; in love with someone: He was never really sweet on Miss Carlisle/ very sweet on a handsome young man (1740+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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