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.

    Chambers's Elementary Science Readers Book I

  • 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.

    The Outcasts

  • 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.

    Ice-Caves of France and Switzerland


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