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)



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