Definition of chickpea in English:

chickpea

noun

  • 1A round yellowish edible seed, widely used as a pulse.

    Also called garbanzo
    • ‘Cut back and focus on getting more of your protein from vegetables like chickpeas and lima beans.’
    • ‘Almonds, walnuts, kidney beans, lentils, chickpeas and sunflower seeds are healthy options.’
    • ‘It's cold and tangy, a delicious vegetarian stew of eggplant, chickpeas, and onion in a chunky tomato sauce.’
    • ‘The soup is packed with healthy ingredients like garlic, carrots, chickpeas, and corn.’
    • ‘For instance, instead of high fat chicken nuggets, try lean pieces of chicken or pulses such as beans or chickpeas.’
  • 2The Old World plant of the pea family which bears chickpeas.

    • ‘A different mineral nutrient solution was applied to each of four groups of chickpea plants from the time of transplanting to the sand mixture (7 d after imbibition).’
    • ‘Seeds of chickpea and maize were surface-sterilized for 30 minutes, pre-germinated in the dark in a Petri dish with adequate water, and were then planted in quartz sand.’
    • ‘The chickpea is a delicate, graceful plant that branches near the ground and is usually about 2 feet high.’
    • ‘The pods in the spaced chickpea plants were fully exposed to light for most of the day.’
    • ‘Pulse crops, particularly lentil, chickpea and dry bean varieties similarly show the impact of public breeding work.’

Origin

Early 18th century (earlier as chiche-pease): from late Middle English chiche (from Old French chiche, cice, from Latin cicer chickpea) + pease.

Pronunciation:

chickpea

/ˈtʃɪkpiː/