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Definition of "pea" []

  • A member of the pea family. (noun)
  • A Eurasian climbing annual vine (Pisum sativum) cultivated in all temperate zones, having compound leaves with terminal leaflets modified into tendrils and globose, edible seeds enclosed in a green, elongated pod. (noun)
  • The seed of this plant, used as a vegetable. (noun)
  • The unopened pods of this plant. (noun)
  • Any of several plants of the genus Lathyrus, such as the sweet pea or the beach pea. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "pea" in a sentence
  • "How exciting to be invited to come to the White House, see 'the garden' (new meaning to the term pea-green with envy) as the fabulous first lady drafted us all into the service of our country's children to ensure their healthy future."
  • "Among the roots, it mentions _Openauk_, which must have been what we call the pea-nut, which is now largely cultivated along that coast, and is quite an article of commerce."
  • "My sweet little pea is now 7 months old and very alive."