- a plant, Vigna unguiculata, extensively cultivated in the southern U.S. for forage, soil improvement, etc.
- the seed of this plant, used for food.
Origin of cowpea
Also called black-eyed pea.
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Examples from the Web for cowpea
The paper illustrates the point by undertaking two different RCTs on cowpea seeds in Tanzania.Pilot Programs: Don't Believe the Hype
January 3, 2013
Like the cowpea, this bean is at home only in a warm climate.
Alfalfa, however, unlike the cowpea, does not take to poor land.
The preparation of the soil should be more thorough than that often given the cowpea.
The soy bean is planted and cared for in the same manner as the cowpea.The First Book of Farming
Charles L. Goodrich
The cowpea trails on the ground, and carries its bacteria more successfully than the soybean.
- a leguminous tropical climbing plant, Vigna sinensis, producing long pods containing edible pealike seeds: grown for animal fodder and sometimes as human food
- Also called: black-eyed pea the seed of this plant
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