One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.’
- ‘For instance, instead of high fat chicken nuggets, try lean pieces of chicken or pulses such as beans or chickpeas.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Almonds, walnuts, kidney beans, lentils, chickpeas and sunflower seeds are healthy options.’
2The Old World plant of the pea family which bears chickpeas.
Cicer arietinum, family Leguminosae
- ‘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).’
- ‘The chickpea is a delicate, graceful plant that branches near the ground and is usually about 2 feet high.’
- ‘Pulse crops, particularly lentil, chickpea and dry bean varieties similarly show the impact of public breeding work.’
- ‘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 pods in the spaced chickpea plants were fully exposed to light for most of the day.’
Early 18th century (earlier as chiche-pease): from late Middle English chiche (from Old French chiche, cice, from Latin cicer ‘chickpea’) + pease.
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