One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A round yellowish edible seed, widely used as a pulse.Also called garbanzo
- ‘For instance, instead of high fat chicken nuggets, try lean pieces of chicken or pulses such as beans or chickpeas.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘It's cold and tangy, a delicious vegetarian stew of eggplant, chickpeas, and onion in a chunky tomato sauce.’
- ‘Cut back and focus on getting more of your protein from vegetables like chickpeas and lima beans.’
2The Old World plant of the pea family which bears chickpeas.
Cicer arietinum, family Leguminosae
- ‘Pulse crops, particularly lentil, chickpea and dry bean varieties similarly show the impact of public breeding work.’
- ‘The pods in the spaced chickpea plants were fully exposed to light for most of the day.’
- ‘The chickpea is a delicate, graceful plant that branches near the ground and is usually about 2 feet high.’
- ‘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.’
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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