A pea is a plant that grows small, green, edible seeds — also called peas. When you think of peas, you undoubtedly picture the little green things on your plate beside the mashed potatoes.

You might think of peas as vegetables — more specifically, they are legumes. They are actually the seeds, or fruit, of a plant that most commonly climbs like a vine and produces long pods that contain peas. The word started as pease in Middle English, which referred to both the singular and the plural (like wheat and corn). The Greek root is pison.

Definitions of pea

n a leguminous plant of the genus Pisum with small white flowers and long green pods containing edible green seeds

pea plant
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Pisum sativum, common pea, garden pea, garden pea plant
plant producing peas usually eaten fresh rather than dried
Pisum sativum macrocarpon, edible-pod pea, edible-podded pea
a variety of pea plant producing peas having soft thick edible pods lacking the fibrous inner lining of the common pea
Austrian winter pea, Pisum arvense, Pisum sativum arvense, field pea, field-pea plant
variety of pea plant native to the Mediterranean region and North Africa and widely grown especially for forage
snow pea, sugar pea
variety of pea plant producing peas having thin flat edible pods
snap pea, sugar snap pea
variety of pea plant producing peas having crisp rounded edible pods
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legume, leguminous plant
an erect or climbing bean or pea plant of the family Leguminosae

n seed of a pea plant used for food

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garden pea, green pea
fresh pea
marrowfat pea
a variety of large pea that is commonly processed and sold in cans
cajan pea, dahl, pigeon pea
small highly nutritious seed of the tropical pigeon-pea plant
field pea
coarse small-seeded pea often used as food when young and tender
snow pea, sugar pea
green peas with flat edible pods
sugar snap pea
green peas with edible pods that are very crisp and not flat
dried hulled pea; used in soup
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the seedpod of a leguminous plant (such as peas or beans or lentils)

n the fruit or seed of a pea plant

garden pea
the flattened to cylindric inflated multi-seeded fruit of the common pea plant
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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

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