Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A member of the pea family.
  • n. A Eurasian climbing annual vine (Pisum sativum) cultivated in all temperate zones, having compound leaves with terminal leaflets modified into tendrils and globose, edible seeds enclosed in a green, elongated pod.
  • n. The seed of this plant, used as a vegetable.
  • n. The unopened pods of this plant.
  • n. Any of several plants of the genus Lathyrus, such as the sweet pea or the beach pea.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A plant, member of the legume (Fabaceae) family
  • n. The edible seed of some of these plants
  • n. A ball travelling at high velocity

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The sliding weight on a steelyard.
  • n. See peak, n., 3.
  • n. 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.
  • n. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The seed of an annual hardy; leguminous vine, Pisum sativum; also, the vine itself.
  • n. Pea-spawn of a fish. See spawn.
  • n. plural Canned peas prepared in France, reputed to be superior to those canned in other countries.
  • n. Heisteria coccinea (French pois perdrix). See Heisteria.
  • n. A peafowl.
  • n. In the manufacture of sulphuric acid, the workman's name for a fragment of iron pyrites, from an eighth to a half inch in diameter.
  • n. The balance or sliding weight used on a steelyard.
  • n. In the West Indies, Dolichos sphærospermus. Both of the plants bear white beans having a black spot around the hilum.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a leguminous plant of the genus Pisum with small white flowers and long green pods containing edible green seeds
  • n. seed of a pea plant used for food
  • n. the fruit or seed of a pea plant

Etymologies

Back-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.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Back-formation from pease, originally an uncountable noun meaning "peas" that was construed as a plural. (Wiktionary)

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