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Definition of pea
- 2the hardy Eurasian climbing plant that yields pods containing these seeds.
- Pisum sativum, family Leguminosae (or Fabaceae; the pea family). The members of this family (known as legumes) are sometimes divided among three smaller families: Papilionaceae (peas, beans, clovers, vetches, brooms, laburnums, etc.), Mimosaceae (mimosas, acacias), and Caesalpiniaceae (cassia, carob, and many tropical timber trees)
mid 17th century: back-formation from pease (interpreted as plural)