Definition of pea in US English:

pea

noun

  • 1A spherical green seed that is eaten as a vegetable or as a pulse when dried.

    ‘pasta with peas, leeks, and watercress’
    • ‘Try green vegetables such as peas or green beans next.’
    • ‘Already there are gooseberries and green peas.’
    • ‘These are great with roast or mashed potatoes, roast pumpkin or parsnips, boiled Brussel sprouts, broccoli or buttered green peas.’
    • ‘Stir in peas and green onions, cover and cook 5 more minutes.’
    • ‘Now add the peas and green chilli and stir until the mixture is completely dry.’
    • ‘Each cooperative will produce and deliver greens, peas and sweet potatoes to schools in its own region.’
    • ‘The peas were bright green and there were plenty of them.’
    • ‘Other good sources are asparagus, oats, whole wheat and fresh green peas.’
    • ‘Eggplant, peppers, green beans, and peas are the primary vegetables cooked with olive oil, which is also used as a main ingredient in salads.’
    • ‘Other remedies for this malady include green peas or sauerkraut juice.’
    • ‘Manda pushed the green peas to one side of the plate with her fork.’
    • ‘Intensely colored produce like carrots, sweet potatoes, spinach, blueberries, dried plums and green peas are especially healthy.’
    • ‘The vegetables were new potatoes and fresh green peas.’
    • ‘My wife doesn't like broccoli or green peas - which just so happen to be two of my favorite things.’
    • ‘With their skillful hands they even made the asparagus and peas taste good.’
    • ‘Crops of good home-grown vegetables - fresh green peas, broad beans and courgettes - are plentiful at this time of year.’
    • ‘Try creating structures using toothpicks and connecting them together with green peas.’
    • ‘You can vary the recipe a bit by substituting green peas for the potatoes.’
    • ‘The accompaniments were typically mashed potatoes and gravy with peas or green beans.’
    • ‘I ventured over to the tray and lifted the lids, uncovering grilled chicken, green peas, sweet corn, cinnamon bread, a red apple, and a red jelly donut.’
    1. 1.1 Any of the edible seeds of several other plants of the pea family, especially (in the West Indies and the southern US) the pigeon pea or the cowpea.
  • 2The hardy Eurasian climbing plant which yields pods containing peas.

    Pisum sativum, family Leguminosae (or Fabaceae; the pea family). The members of this family (known as legumes) are sometimes divided among three smaller families: Papilionaceae (peas, beans, clovers, vetches, brooms, laburnums, etc.), Mimosaceae (mimosas, acacias), and Caesalpiniaceae (cassia, carob, and many tropical timber trees)

    • ‘Early next month, before temperatures drop too much, seed cover crops such as clover, peas or vetch to enrich the soil.’
    • ‘They also grow an acre of green beans, peas, potatoes, tomatoes, squash and cucumbers.’
    • ‘He can then inform the farmers of the potential risk from the disease if they plant peas in that area.’
    • ‘Turn one of your beds into a hoop tunnel and sow peas, salad greens and spinach for next spring.’
    • ‘There are dwarf plants that don't need support, but most peas need a trellis or fence to climb on.’
  • 3with modifier Used in names of plants or seeds that are similar or related to the pea, e.g. chickpea, sweet pea.

    • ‘Many parts of the United States celebrate the new year by eating black-eyed peas.’
    • ‘Hot as it is, plant snow peas now to produce in the cooler weather.’
    • ‘Add the black-eyed peas, coconut oil, coconut milk, and curry leaves.’
    • ‘Snow peas are a very popular type of pea because you can eat the pods as well as the peas.’
    • ‘I cook my chick peas for twenty minutes and let them cool down for an hour or two.’

Phrases

  • like peas (or two peas) in a pod

    • So similar as to be indistinguishable or nearly so.

      • ‘I once read somewhere that it's really unusual for kitties to get along well with one another, but these guys are like two peas in a pod!’
      • ‘Alyssa and Adrian are so close they're like two peas in a pod.’
      • ‘Ben's eyes were more of a sky blue and he was more heavily built than Zack but the brothers were like two peas in a pod.’
      • ‘Of course, our mothers got along fantastically; they were two peas in a pod.’
      • ‘Japanese consumers no longer want to look like and shop like peas in a pod.’
      • ‘Were like two peas in a pod, conjoined at the hip or even mind.’
      • ‘She and I are two peas in a pod and are working on an official dance when someone buys binoculars at our booth.’
      • ‘However, they were as close as two peas in a pod since meeting on the first day of orientation last year.’
      • ‘People said that they were like two peas in a pod - and they sure were.’
      • ‘Despite their differences, they both went together like two peas in a pod.’
      corresponding, equivalent, parallel, analogous, coordinating, complementing, complementary, harmonizing, blending, toning, harmonious, the same, paired, twin, coupled, double, duplicate, identical, of a piece, all of a piece, like, like peas in a pod, like two peas in a pod, alike, comparable, similar, correlative, congruent, tallying, agreeing, concordant, consonant
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Origin

Mid 17th century: back-formation from pease (interpreted as plural).

Pronunciation

pea

/pi//pē/