cowpea

Definitions of cowpea
  1. noun
    sprawling Old World annual cultivated especially in southern United States for food and forage and green manure
    synonyms: Vigna sinensis, Vigna unguiculata, black-eyed pea, cowpea plant
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    type of:
    legume, leguminous plant
    an erect or climbing bean or pea plant of the family Leguminosae
  2. noun
    fruit or seed of the cowpea plant
    synonyms: black-eyed pea
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    type of:
    legume
    the fruit or seed of any of various bean or pea plants consisting of a case that splits along both sides when ripe and having the seeds attach to one side of the case
  3. noun
    eaten fresh as shell beans or dried
    synonyms: black-eyed pea
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    type of:
    legume
    the seedpod of a leguminous plant (such as peas or beans or lentils)
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