- 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).
- pea coal.
Origin of pea1
Origin of pea2
Examples from the Web for peas
More clumsily, fireworks stand in for the Big Bang and a potato and peas are invoked to explain relativity.Why Can’t Movies Capture Genius?
December 14, 2014
He was eating the meal on which he would play—steak, peas, lettuce, fruit jello, and tea.Gordie Howe Hockey’s Greatest War Horse
May 31, 2014
For her inaugural menu, she planned crayfish with mayonnaise, pigeon with peas, and an apple brioche flambéed in rum.The Queen of the French Kitchen
March 26, 2014
Little Ape three-wheel trucks are laden with freshly harvested winter produce like peas and artichokes being sold on the roadside.The Mafia Plants Death in Italy’s Land of Mozzarella
Barbie Latza Nadeau
March 20, 2014
For instance, one day some four or five year olds in our village went and picked some peas in the fields, and they got caught.An Oral History of Mao’s Greatest Crime
November 24, 2013
Truly, if this twain are to be judged by their voices, no two peas were ever more alike.The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
We'll have peas with the fillet, and potato balls and Brussels sprouts.Alice Adams
The liquor in which meat has been boiled makes an excellent soup for the poor, by adding to it vegetables, oatmeal, or peas.
Sow another crop of peas, and plant more beans; choose a dry spot for them, where they can be sheltered from the winter's cold.
Stew them gently till the peas are tender, then add four spoonfuls of cream, a lump of sugar, and the yolks of two eggs.
- an annual climbing leguminous plant, Pisum sativum, with small white flowers and long green pods containing edible green seeds: cultivated in temperate regions
- the seed of this plant, eaten as a vegetable
- (as modifier)pea soup
- any of several other leguminous plants, such as the sweet pea, chickpea, and cowpea
Word Origin and History for peas
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.