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  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.
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Origin of chickpea

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

  • Passerini found traces of boron in the stems of chickpea plants, while in 1892 Brand determined boric acid in the ash of beer.

    Inorganic Plant Poisons and Stimulants

    Winifred E. Brenchley

British Dictionary definitions for chickpea


  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
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Word Origin

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