cowpea

[ kou-pee ]
/ ˈkaʊˌpi /
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noun

a plant, Vigna unguiculata, extensively cultivated in the southern U.S. for forage, soil improvement, etc.
the seed of this plant, used for food.

Nearby words

  1. cowlneck,
  2. cowman,
  3. coworker,
  4. coworking,
  5. cowpat,
  6. cowper,
  7. cowper's gland,
  8. cowper's glands,
  9. cowper, william,
  10. cowperitis

Origin of cowpea

An Americanism dating back to 1810–20; cow1 + pea1

Also called black-eyed pea.

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British Dictionary definitions for cowpea

cowpea

/ (ˈkaʊˌpiː) /

noun

a leguminous tropical climbing plant, Vigna sinensis, producing long pods containing edible pealike seeds: grown for animal fodder and sometimes as human food
Also called: black-eyed pea the seed of this plant
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