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[pee] /pi/
noun, plural peas (Archaic or British Dialect) pease or peasen [pee-zuh n] /ˈpi zən/ (Show IPA)
the round, edible seed of a widely cultivated plant, Pisum sativum, of the legume family.
the plant itself.
the green, somewhat inflated pod of this plant.
any of various related or similar plants or their seed, as the chickpea.
something resembling a pea, especially in being small and round.
pertaining to, growing, containing, or cooked with peas:
We cultivated some tomato vines and a pea patch.
small or small and round (usually used in combination).
Also called English pea, garden pea, green pea (for defs 1, 2).
Origin of pea1
1275-1325; Middle English; back formation from pease, taken as plural
Related forms
pealike, adjective


[pee] /pi/
noun, Nautical.
bill3 (def 4).
First recorded in 1825-35; perhaps short for peak1 Unabridged
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  • The week passed by, and the old people saw that the pea had begun to sprout.

    Russian Fairy Tales W. R. S. Ralston
  • They watered it regularly, and the pea set to work and grew higher than the izba.

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  • The grandfather sowed a bean under the table, and the grandmother a pea.

    Russian Fairy Tales W. R. S. Ralston
  • Suppose you had a pea on your head, it wouldn't be heavy to carry, would it?

    The Boy with the U. S. Weather Men

    Francis William Rolt-Wheeler
  • However, no wonder, as you had never heard of the thimble and pea game, but I will tell you.

    Lavengro George Borrow
British Dictionary definitions for pea


an annual climbing leguminous plant, Pisum sativum, with small white flowers and long green pods containing edible green seeds: cultivated in temperate regions
  1. the seed of this plant, eaten as a vegetable
  2. (as modifier): pea soup
any of several other leguminous plants, such as the sweet pea, chickpea, and cowpea
Derived Forms
pealike, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from pease (incorrectly assumed to be a plural)
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Word Origin and History for pea

early or mid-17c., false singular from Middle English pease (plural pesen), which was both single and collective (e.g. wheat, corn) but the "s" sound was mistaken for the plural inflection. From Old English pise (West Saxon), piose (Mercian) "pea," from Late Latin pisa, variant of Latin pisum "pea," from Greek pison "the pea," perhaps of Thracian or Phrygian origin [Klein].

In Southern U.S. and the Caribbean, used of other legumes as well. Pea soup is first recorded 1711 (pease-soup); applied to London fogs since at least 1849. Pea-shooter attested from 1803.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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sweet pea

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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