cowpea

[ kou-pee ]
/ ˈkaʊˌpi /

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.

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Also called black-eyed pea.

Origin of cowpea

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