- an annual, tendril-climbing plant (Pisum sativum) of the pea family, with white or pinkish flowers and green seedpods
- its small, round, smooth or wrinkled seed, used as a vegetable
- any of various similar plants, as the cowpea
- the seed of any of these
Origin of peaback-formation ; from Middle English pese, pees, a pea, taken as plural ; from Old English pise ; from Late Latin pisa ; from Classical Latin plural of pisum, a pea ; from Classical Greek pison, a pea
designating a family (Fabaceae, order Fabales), of leguminous, dicotyledonous plants, including peanuts, clover, vetch, alfalfa and many beans
as like as two peas (in a pod)
- A member of the pea family.
- a. A widely cultivated climbing annual vine (Pisum sativum) native to Eurasia, having compound leaves with terminal leaflets modified into tendrils and globose, edible seeds enclosed in a green, elongated pod.b. The pod of this plant: picked peas for dinner.c. The seed of this plant, used as a vegetable.d. A similar seed of various other plants, such as a cowpea.
- Any of several plants of the genus Lathyrus, such as the sweet pea or the beach pea.
Origin of peaBack-formation from Middle English pease (mistaken for pl.), from Old English pise, piose, from Late Latin pīsa, variant of Latin pīsum, from Greek pisos, pison.