from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The blossom of any pea.
- n. One of several West Indian leguminous plants—Vilmorinia multiflora, and species of Centrosema and Clitoria. See Clitoria, Vilmorinia, and butterfly-pea, and spurred butterfly-pea (under pea).
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'There must have been a flower before the berry came,' said Harry, thinking of the pea-flower and its pod.
Northland, where in a woof of sage green and bracken gold was woven a scheme of flesh-colored Castillejia, and wine-tinted moose-weed, and purple pea-flower; where was the golden shimmer of Gaillardia and slender star-leafed sunflower; the pencil stalk of blue-joint, and the tasseled top of luscious pony-grass: a veritable promised land for the old Bull, buffeted of his fellows, and finding the short grass of the Southland stubbornly hard against his worn teeth.
On one occasion, the flame performed its semicircle in a horizontal instead of a vertical plane, moving round the wick in the shape of a pea-flower.