pea

1
[ pee ]
/ pi /

noun, plural peas, (Archaic or British Dialect) pease or peas·en [pee-zuh n] /ˈpi zən/.

adjective

Origin of pea

1
1275–1325; Middle English; back formation from pease, taken as plural
Also called English pea, garden pea, green pea (for defs 1, 2).

Related forms

pea·like, adjective

Definition for peas (2 of 2)

pea

2
[ pee ]
/ pi /

noun Nautical.

Origin of pea

2
First recorded in 1825–35; perhaps short for peak1
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British Dictionary definitions for peas

pea

/ (piː) /

noun

an annual climbing leguminous plant, Pisum sativum, with small white flowers and long green pods containing edible green seeds: cultivated in temperate regions
  1. the seed of this plant, eaten as a vegetable
  2. (as modifier)pea soup
any of several other leguminous plants, such as the sweet pea, chickpea, and cowpea

Derived Forms

pealike, adjective

Word Origin for pea

C17: from pease (incorrectly assumed to be a plural)
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Idioms and Phrases with peas

pea


see like as two peas in a pod.

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