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Definition pea

Etymology 1

Back-formation from pease, originally an uncountable noun meaning "peas" that was construed as a plural, ultimately from Ancient Greek πίσον (píson).


pea (plural peas)

  1. (botany) A plant, Pisum sativum, member of the legume (Fabaceae) family.
  2. (cooking) The edible seed of some of these plants.
  3. (baseball) A ball travelling at high velocity.

Etymology 2

From Middle English pe, po, poue, pa, paue, from Old English pēa, pāwa (“peacock”) (compare Old English pāwe (“peahen”)) and Old Norse pái (“peacock”), both from Proto-Germanic *pāwô (“peacock”), from Latin pāvō (“peacock”). Cognate with Saterland Frisian Pau, West Frisian pau, Dutch pauw, German Pfau.


pea (plural peas)

  1. (rare, archaic) a peafowl

Etymology 3


pea (plural peas)

  1. (nautical) Alternative form of peak

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