chickpea

[chik-pee]
noun
  1. Also called garbanzo. a widely cultivated plant, Cicer arietinum, of the legume family, bearing pods containing pealike seeds.
  2. the seeds of this plant, used extensively as a food.

Origin of chickpea

1540–50; alteration of chich-pea, equivalent to late Middle English chiche (< Middle FrenchLatin cicer chickpea) + pea1
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chickpea

noun
  1. a bushy leguminous plant, Cicer arietinum, cultivated for its edible pealike seeds in the Mediterranean region, central Asia, and Africa
  2. Also called: garbanzo the seed of this plant

Word Origin for chickpea

C16 ciche peasen, from ciche (from French chiche, from Latin cicer chickpea) + peasen; see pea
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