Definition of pigeon pea in English:

pigeon pea


  • 1An edible dark red tropical seed.

    • ‘Be sure also to try ‘pelau’ buttery pigeon peas and tasty rice and try the desserts - ‘kurma’ and ‘sawine’.’
    • ‘Popular Caribbean staples include pigeon peas and rice, and ‘callaloo,’ a dish made from callaloo greens, okra, salted pork, crab, and fresh fish.’
    • ‘Traditional rural staples are sweet potatoes, manioc, yams, corn, rice, pigeon peas, cowpeas, bread, and coffee.’
    • ‘Peas with rice, a dietary staple, consists of dried pigeon peas and rice prepared with thyme and other spices.’
    • ‘So it follows that where there is a pulse, there can be a dal, and in India some of the most popular are those made with pigeon peas, chickpeas, mung beans and red lentils.’
  • 2The woody Old World plant which yields pigeon peas, with pods and foliage that are used as fodder.

    Cajanus cajan, family Leguminosae

    • ‘The farmers in the village grew ragi, cow pea, pigeon pea, green gram, jowar, horse gram and sesame.’
    • ‘Sorghum and pigeon pea, for example, are grown as intercrops in drier parts of India.’
    • ‘The peanut season has passed, but the dry plant stubs remain alongside scrubby pigeon pea shrubs.’
    • ‘Rotation of potato, mint, rice, wheat and pigeon pea can bring double the profit.’
    • ‘He controls diseases and pests by intercropping the aloe vera with plants such as dates, amla, melons, millet, castor, mungbean, pigeon pea, vegetables and selected medicinal plants.’