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beach pea

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noun
  1. either of two plants of the legume family, Lathyrus japonicus, of seashores of the North Temperate Zone, or L. littoralis, of the temperate western coast of North America, both having oblong leaves and clusters of pealike flowers.

Origin of beach pea

An Americanism dating back to 1795–1805
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Historical Examples

  • He liked the Beach-pea (Lathyrus maritimus), cooked green, as well as the cultivated.

    Cape Cod

    Henry D. Thoreau