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pea / / • n. 1. a spherical green seed that is widely eaten as a vegetable. ∎  any of a number of edible spherical seeds of the pea family, e.g., chickpea and black-eyed pea. 2. the widely cultivated Eurasian climbing plant (Pisum sativum) that yields pods containing these seeds. The pea family (Leguminosae, or Fabaceae) is sometimes divided among three smaller families: Papilionaceae (peas, beans, clovers, vetches, brooms, laburnums), Mimosaceae (mimosas, acacias), and Caesalpiniaceae (cassia, carob, and many tropical timber trees). ∎  used in names of other plants of this family that yield round seeds or have flowers resembling those of the pea, e.g., sweet pea.PHRASES: like peas (or two peas) in a pod so similar as to be indistinguishable or nearly so.

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1.. (garden pea) See PISUM.

2.. (wild pea, sweet pea) See LATHYRUS.

3.. (Sturt's desert pea) See CLIANTHUS.

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pea Climbing annual plant (Pisum sativum), probably native to w Asia. It has small oval leaves and white flowers that give rise to pods containing wrinkled or smooth seeds. The seeds are a popular vegetable. It grows to 1.8m (6ft). Family Fabaceae/Leguminosae.

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PEA Physical Education Association of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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pea (round seed of) the plant Pisum sativum. XVII. Evolved as if a sg. from PEASE apprehended as a pl.