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Meaning of PEA

Pronunciation:  pee

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  1. [n]  seed of a pea plant
  2. [n]  a leguminous plant of the genus Pisum with small white flowers and long green pods containing edible green seeds
  3. [n]  the fruit or seed of a pea plant

PEA is a 3 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: pea plant
 See Also: Austrian winter pea, cajan pea, common pea, dahl, edible-pod pea, edible-podded pea, field pea, field pea, field-pea plant, garden pea, garden pea, garden pea plant, genus Pisum, green pea, legume, legume, leguminous plant, pea, pea pod, peasecod, pigeon pea, Pisum, Pisum arvense, Pisum sativum, Pisum sativum arvense, Pisum sativum macrocarpon



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Pea\, n. [OF. peis. See {Poise}.]
    The sliding weight on a steelyard. [Written also {pee}.]
  2. \Pea\, n. (Naut.)
    See {Peak}, n., 3.
  3. \Pea\, n.; pl. {Peas}or {Pease}. [OE. pese, fr. AS. pisa, or
    OF. peis, F. pois; both fr. L. pisum; cf. Gr. ?, ?. The final
    s was misunderstood in English as a plural ending. Cf.
    1. (Bot.) A plant, and its fruit, of the genus {Pisum}, of
       many varieties, much cultivated for food. It has a
       papilionaceous flower, and the pericarp is a legume,
       popularly called a pod.
    Note: When a definite number, more than one, is spoken of,
          the plural form peas is used; as, the pod contained
          nine peas; but, in a collective sense, the form pease
          is preferred; as, a bushel of pease; they had pease at
          dinner. This distinction is not always preserved, the
          form peas being used in both senses.
    2. A name given, especially in the Southern States, to the
       seed of several leguminous plants (species of {Dolichos},
       {Cicer}, {Abrus}, etc.) esp. those having a scar (hilum)
       of a different color from the rest of the seed.
    Note: The name pea is given to many leguminous plants more or
          less closely related to the common pea. See the
          Phrases, below.
    {Beach pea} (Bot.), a seashore plant, {Lathyrus maritimus}.
    {Black-eyed pea}, a West Indian name for {Dolichos
       sph[ae]rospermus} and its seed.
    {Butterfly pea}, the American plant {Clitoria Mariana},
       having showy blossoms.
    {Chick pea}. See {Chick-pea}.
    {Egyptian pea}. Same as {Chick-pea}.
    {Everlasting pea}. See under {Everlasting}.
    {Glory pea}. See under {Glory}, n.
    {Hoary pea}, any plant of the genus {Tephrosia}; goat's rue.
    {Issue pea}, {Orris pea}. (Med.) See under {Issue}, and
    {Milk pea}. (Bot.) See under {Milk}.
    {Pea berry}, a kind of a coffee bean or grain which grows
       single, and is round or pea-shaped; often used
       adjectively; as, pea-berry coffee.
    {Pea bug}. (Zo["o]l.) Same as {Pea weevil}.
    {Pea coal}, a size of coal smaller than nut coal.
    {Pea crab} (Zo["o]l.), any small crab of the genus
       {Pinnotheres}, living as a commensal in bivalves; esp.,
       the European species ({P. pisum}) which lives in the
       common mussel and the cockle.
    {Pea dove} (Zo["o]l.), the American ground dove.
    {Pea-flower tribe} (Bot.), a suborder ({Papilionace[ae]}) of
       leguminous plants having blossoms essentially like that of
       the pea. --G. Bentham.
    {Pea maggot} (Zo["o]l.), the larva of a European moth
       ({Tortrix pisi}), which is very destructive to peas.
    {Pea ore} (Min.), argillaceous oxide of iron, occurring in
       round grains of a size of a pea; pisolitic ore.
    {Pea starch}, the starch or flour of the common pea, which is
       sometimes used in adulterating wheat flour, pepper, etc.
    {Pea tree} (Bot.), the name of several leguminous shrubs of
       the genus {Caragana}, natives of Siberia and China.
    {Pea vine}. (Bot.)
       (a) Any plant which bears peas.
       (b) A kind of vetch or tare, common in the United States
           ({Lathyrus Americana}, and other similar species).
    {Pea weevil} (Zo["o]l.), a small weevil ({Bruchus pisi})
       which destroys peas by eating out the interior.
    {Pigeon pea}. (Bot.) See {Pigeon pea}.
    {Sweet pea} (Bot.), the annual plant {Lathyrus odoratus};
       also, its many-colored, sweet-scented blossoms.
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