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sweet pea

a climbing plant, Lathyrus odoratus, of the legume family, having sweet-scented flowers.
Origin of sweet pea
First recorded in 1725-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for sweet pea
Historical Examples
  • Have been thanked again by the sweet pea Lady, who sat at our table.

    A Woman Tenderfoot Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson
  • The sweet pea is one of the most popular flowers grown in this way.

    Agriculture for Beginners Charles William Burkett
  • The apple has not been bred "true to seed" as has the cabbage and sweet pea.

    The Apple-Tree L. H. Bailey
  • Probably the species in which it is most evident is the sweet pea (Lathyrus odoratus).


    Reginald Crundall Punnett
  • In one corner of the card a sweet pea was painted in water colors.

    Bright Ideas for Entertaining Mrs. Herbert B. Linscott
  • This is seen in its flowers, which resemble the sweet pea and are fragrant.

    Carpentry and Woodwork

    Edwin W. Foster
  • The plant has been called the Winter sweet pea, but the flowers are not fragrant.

  • No annual receives greater attention these days than the sweet pea.

  • On the sweet pea and garden pea they are parts of the leaves.

    The First Book of Farming Charles L. Goodrich
  • This is very graceful, and the flowers are fine for cutting and for use with sweet pea bouquets or with other choice flowers.

British Dictionary definitions for sweet pea

sweet pea

a climbing leguminous plant, Lathyrus odoratus, of S Europe, widely cultivated for its butterfly-shaped fragrant flowers of delicate pastel colours
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for sweet pea

sweet pea

noun phrase

A sweetheart

[1940s+; perhaps a shortening of sweet patootie, influenced by the name of the garden plant]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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