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chickpea

[ chik-pee ]
/ ˈtʃɪkˌpi /
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noun

Also called garbanzo. a widely cultivated plant, Cicer arietinum, of the legume family, bearing pods containing pealike seeds.
the seeds of this plant, used extensively as a food.

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Origin of chickpea

1540–50; alteration of chich-pea, equivalent to late Middle English chiche (<Middle French ≪ Latin cicer chickpea) + pea1
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British Dictionary definitions for chickpea

chickpea
/ (ˈtʃɪkˌpiː) /

noun

a bushy leguminous plant, Cicer arietinum, cultivated for its edible pealike seeds in the Mediterranean region, central Asia, and Africa
Also called: garbanzo the seed of this plant
C16 ciche peasen, from ciche (from French chiche, from Latin cicer chickpea) + peasen; see pea
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