Origin of garbanzo

1750–60, Americanism; < Spanish, alteration of Old Spanish arvanco; perhaps akin to Latin ervum (see ervil) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for garbanzo


noun plural -zos
  1. another name for chickpea

Word Origin for garbanzo

C18: from Spanish, from arvanço, probably of Germanic origin; compare Old High German araweiz pea
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Word Origin and History for garbanzo

"chick-pea," 1759, from Spanish garbanzo, said to be ultimately from Greek or Basque.

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