- a bushy annual plant (Cicer arietinum) of the pea family, with short, hairy pods containing usually two seeds; garbanzo
- the edible seed
Origin: for chick pea < ME & OFr chiche < L cicer, pea
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noun In both senses also called garbanzo.
- An annual Asian plant (Cicer arietinum) in the pea family, widely cultivated for the edible seeds in its short inflated pods.
- A seed of this plant.
Origin: Obsolete chichpease : Middle English chiche, chickpea (from Old French, from Latin cicer) + pease, pea; see pea.