noun Archaic, British Dialect.
noun, plural peas, (Archaic or British Dialect) pease or peas·en [pee-zuh n] /ˈpi zən/.
Origin of pea1
noun, plural pease or peas·en [pee-zuh n] /ˈpi zən/. Archaic.
Origin of pease
Origin of pea2
noun plural pease
Word Origin for pease
- the seed of this plant, eaten as a vegetable
- (as modifier)pea soup
Word Origin for pea
early or mid-17c., false singular from Middle English pease (plural pesen), which was both single and collective (e.g. wheat, corn) but the "s" sound was mistaken for the plural inflection. From Old English pise (West Saxon), piose (Mercian) "pea," from Late Latin pisa, variant of Latin pisum "pea," from Greek pison "the pea," perhaps of Thracian or Phrygian origin [Klein].
In Southern U.S. and the Caribbean, used of other legumes as well. Pea soup is first recorded 1711 (pease-soup); applied to London fogs since at least 1849. Pea-shooter attested from 1803.
Old English; see pea, of which this is the etymologically correct form.
see like as two peas in a pod.