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1More fully "†rouncival pease", "rouncival pea". A large variety of garden or field pea. Also (in plural): peas of this variety. Now chiefly historical.
2A large, boisterous, or masculine woman. Compare rouncyrare after 17th cent.
Late 16th century; earliest use found in Thomas Tusser (c1524–1580), writer on agriculture and poet.
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