from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A giant; hence, anything very large and strong.
- noun The marrowfat pea: so called from its large size.
- Large; strong; robustious.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun obsolete A giant; anything large; a kind of pea called also
- adjective obsolete Large; strong; -- from the gigantic bones shown at Roncesvalles, and alleged to be those of old heroes.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun obsolete A
giant; anything large.
- noun obsolete A large
pea, the marrowfat.
Sorry, no etymologies found.
The fruit of the fig is about as big as a rounceval pea, or very small gooseberry; and each of them, upon breaking off the stalk very close, produces one drop of a milky liquor, resembling the juice of our figs, of which the tree is indeed a species.
A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels — Volume 13 Robert Kerr 1784