sweet pea



a climbing plant, Lathyrus odoratus, of the legume family, having sweet-scented flowers.

Origin of sweet pea

First recorded in 1725–35
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Examples from the Web for sweet pea

Historical Examples of sweet pea

  • She might have been counting the blossoms on the sweet-pea stalks.

  • Im awfully sorry, too, for I think my dear Sweet-Pea ladies need the money.

    The Liberty Girl

    Rena I. Halsey

  • Jane wandered to the sweet-pea hedge and hummed a little tune.

    Dimbie and I--and Amelia

    Mabel Barnes-Grundy

  • At the head of the list it is quite safe to place the sweet-pea.

    ABC of Gardening

    Eben Eugene Rexford

  • Study how Nature does it on the petals of the pansy or sweet-pea.

British Dictionary definitions for sweet pea

sweet pea


a climbing leguminous plant, Lathyrus odoratus, of S Europe, widely cultivated for its butterfly-shaped fragrant flowers of delicate pastel colours
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