Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of leguminous plants allied to the vetch, consisting of annual or perennial herbs, natives of central Asia and of the countries bordering the Mediterranean. See chick-pea.
- n. chickpea plant; Asiatic herbs
“It was said that an attestor had been called Cicero from "cicer," a vetch, because his nose was marked with the figure of that vegetable.”
“Guisante (Corrupted Latin: Arabo-Romance Spanish Dialect Mozarabic, adopted by Castillian dialect) _Pisum sativum_ (Modern day binomial scientific name of the English pea or Green pea) "Rooted" in the same time frame we had: cicer, cicero (Latin)”
“These are the true _cicer_, the proper Italian pea.”
“This has been interpreted to mean that cicer (vetch) was mixed with the flour.”
“There is one curious little group of nicknames which seem to correspond to such Latin names as Piso, from pisum, a pea, and Cicero, from cicer --”
“It was said that an attestor had been called Cicero from “cicer,” a vetch, because his nose was marked with the figure of that vegetable.”
“Horses in this country are fed mostly on "gram," cicer arietinum, a kind of pea, which, when split, forms dall, and can be made into a most nutritious and palatable curry.”
“Carthaginians, -- the Roman _cicer, _ which gave its name to the greatest of the Latin orators.”
“It is the cicer arietinum concerning which a classical tale is told.”
“His grandfather and his father had borne the same three names -- the last an inheritance from some forgotten ancestor, who had either been successful in the cultivation of vetches (_cicer_), or, as less complimentary traditions said, had a wart of that shape upon his nose.”
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