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

  • n. An annual climbing herb (Lathyrus odoratus) of the pea family, native to Italy, cultivated for its variously colored, fragrant flowers.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A flowering plant, Lathyrus odoratus, grown for its bright colours and sweet fragrance.
  • n. A colloquial term of endearment for something sweet or lovely; a child or a pet, for example.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. the annual plant Lathyrus odoratus; also, its many-colored, sweet-scented blossoms.
  • adj. See under Pea.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See sweet pea, under pea.

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

  • n. climbing garden plant having fragrant pastel-colored flowers
  • n. climbing garden plant having fragrant pastel-colored flowers


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    Fault Line

  • Roses were crisped, pansies were dead, stocks turned to sepia straw, fuchsias in shady spots withered past rejuvenation, babiesā€™-breath smothered, sweet pea vines were sere and scentless.

    The Thorn Birds


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