from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. See chickpea.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An edible pulse, Cicer arietinum, of the family Leguminosae or Fabaceae and subfamily Faboideae or Papilionoideae, of which the plant has white or purple-blue flowers and small feathery leaves on both sides of the stem and yields pods containing two to three peas.
- n. A seed of this plant; the chickpea
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Porto Rico and Spanish America generally, the chick-pea, Cicer arietinum. See chick-pea (with cut).
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. large white roundish Asiatic legume; usually dried
- n. the seed of the chickpea plant
Spanish, alteration (perhaps influenced by Old Spanish garroba, algarroba) of Old Spanish arvanço, perhaps from Greek erebinthos.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
As calavance, from Spanish garbanzo, possibly from Basque garau ("seed") + antzu ("dry"). Another theory suggests a Greek origin. (Wiktionary)