pea

Definitions

  • Sweet Peas
    Sweet Peas
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n pea seed of a pea plant used for food
    • n pea a leguminous plant of the genus Pisum with small white flowers and long green pods containing edible green seeds
    • n pea the fruit or seed of a pea plant
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Additional illustrations & photos:

"Will you Mind my Pea?" "Will you Mind my Pea?"

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Throughout the South, peanuts were known as "Monkey Nuts," and "Goober peas," before the civil war
    • Pea A name given, especially in the Southern States, to the seed of several leguminous plants (species of Dolichos Cicer Abrus, etc.) esp. those having a scar (hilum) of a different color from the rest of the seed.
    • Pea (Bot) A plant, and its fruit, of the genus Pisum, of many varieties, much cultivated for food. It has a papilionaceous flower, and the pericarp is a legume, popularly called a pod.
    • n Pea (Naut) See Peak n., 3.
    • n Pea The sliding weight on a steelyard.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In the movie "The Exorcist" the vomit that (Regan) Linda Blair hurls at Father Damien Karras is thick pea soup
    • n pea The seed of an annual hardy; leguminous vine, Pisum sativum; also, the vine itself. The pea is marked by its climbing habit and glaucous surface, its pinnate leaves ending in a branching tendril, its large stipules, and its large, commonly white, papilionaceous flowers, followed by pendulous pods containing sweet nutritious seeds. The original form, P. sativum, var. arvense (P. arvense), the common gray pea or field-pea, is thought by some to be native in Greece and the Levant, by others to hare come from further north. Peas were known to the ancient Greeks and Romans, and their cultivation is now general. Usually only the seeds are edible, but the pods of the sugar-pea, skinless pea, or string-pea are eaten, as in the case of “string-beans.” The seeds are now mostly consumed when green, but are also split when ripe, and used in soups or ground into meal. (See pease-meal.) Before the spread of the potato, peas formed in England a principal food of the working classes. The varieties are very numerous, those of the marrow class being distinguished by seeds which are wrinkled and greenish even when ripe.
    • n pea Pea-spawn of a fish. See spawn.
    • n pea plural Canned peas prepared in France, reputed to be superior to those canned in other countries.
    • n pea Heisteria coccinea (French pois perdrix). See Heisteria.
    • n pea A peafowl. The simple form pea is rare. It occurs chiefly in the compound names peacock, peahen, peafowl, pea-chick, pea-pheasant. In the second quotation pea is restricted to ‘peahen.’
    • n pea In the manufacture of sulphuric acid, the workman's name for a fragment of iron pyrites, from an eighth to a half inch in diameter.
    • n pea The balance or sliding weight used on a steelyard.
    • n pea In the West Indies, Dolichos sphærospermus. Both of the plants bear white beans having a black spot around the hilum.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Chocolate contains phenylethylamine (PEA), a natural substance that is reputed to stimulate the same reaction in the body as falling in love.
    • n Pea a climbing annual herb of the bean family, whose seeds are nutritious
    • n Pea a pea-fowl. See Peacock.
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Quotations

  • Elizabeth Heller
    Elizabeth Heller
    “Being pretty on the inside means you don't hit your brother and you eat all your peas -- that's what my grandma taught me.”
  • Lord Byron
    Lord%20Byron
    “I am as comfortless as a pilgrim with peas in his shoes -- and as cold as Charity, Chastity or any other Virtue.”

Idioms

Alike as two peas - If people or things are as alike as two peas, they are identical.
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Pea soup - Pea soup or pea souper can be used to describe dense fog.
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Two peas in a pod - If things or people are like two peas in a pod, they look very similar or are always together.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. pese, fr. AS. pisa, or OF. peis, F. pois,; both fr. L. pisum,; cf. Gr. pi`sos pi`son. The final s was misunderstood in English as a plural ending. Cf. Pease

Usage

In literature:

However, no wonder, as you had never heard of the thimble and pea game, but I will tell you.
"Lavengro The Scholar - The Gypsy - The Priest, Vol. 2 (of 2)" by George Borrow
Course dey mostly planted co'n, peas an' vege'ables.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Various
However, no wonder, as you had never heard of the thimble-and-pea game, but I will tell you.
"Lavengro The Scholar, the Gypsy, the Priest" by George Borrow
Oats and Canada peas add organic matter with nitrogen when plowed down.
"Crops and Methods for Soil Improvement" by Alva Agee
They ain't bigger'n peas, but these are whoppers.
"At the Little Brown House" by Ruth Alberta Brown
Cover a quart of peas with water and boil with an onion till they mash easily.
"The Community Cook Book" by Anonymous
Don't you let 'im get my nice green peas.
"Nights With Uncle Remus" by Joel Chandler Harris
Get me some sweet-peas, that's a dear; and I can ask you the things while you are picking them.
"Hildegarde's Holiday" by Laura E. Richards
Farmer Green's peas were just ready to be picked.
"The Tale of Billy Woodchuck" by Arthur Scott Bailey
De mostest dat dey had for 'em to eat was peas an' the filth, it was terrible.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves, Arkansas Narratives, Part 4" by Work Projects Administration
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In poetry:

What time the pea puts on the bloom,
Thou fli'st thy vocal vale,
An annual guest in other lands,
Another Spring to hail.
"Ode To The Cuckoo" by John Logan
There tremble on the slender stem
The barley's rich and bending heads;
And here the pea, in winged bloom,
Along the air its fragrance sheds.
"Memory" by Louisa Stuart Costello
"The duck was tender, but the peas
Were very much too old:
And just remember, if you please,
The NEXT time you have toasted cheese,
Don't let them send it cold.
"Phantasmagoria Canto III ( Scarmoges )" by Lewis Carroll
But Benedict's wise and the village group
He ignores, while he smokes and plays on his fife.
Hale, and though sixty, without a stoop,
Can he not make his own pea soup?
"Benedict Brosse" by Susie Frances Harrison
I am silent in the Club,
I am silent in the pub.,
I am silent on a bally peak in Darien;
For I stuff away for life
Shoving peas in with a knife,
Because I am a rigid Vegetarian.
"The Logical Vegetarian" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
And little children in prison,
And yonder, yonder through the mist,
Do I see there a woman, dying at the door of a kitchen,
Or a Sister of Charity shelling peas at the bedside of a dying patient?
"The Soul" by Maurice Polydore-Marie-Bernard Maeterlinck

In news:

The Black Eyed Peas and Lady Gaga can wait, President Burns Hargis told members of Oklahoma State University's largest freshman class since 1982 during a welcoming ceremony Friday.
But the Black Eyed Peas had some surprises to offer in their halftime performance at Super Bowl XLV.
Short burst of pea size hail in NE Cedar Rapids.
Hail size varied from pea size to quarter size.
Michael Peña (left), Matthew McConaughey in "The Linc- oln Lawyer,".
"The Princess and the Pea," "The Little Mermaid," and "The Shadow".
Philadelphia, PA, March 1, 2012 – Pass the peas please.
Mineral Wells junior guard Courtney Peña pushes the ball up the court Tuesday afternoon during the Lady Rams' 64-39 victory over Azle at the MWHS gym.
She and a business partner knew there must be a better way to reduce pain and swelling than bags of frozen peas.
Green, yellow and white pea sized berries are noticeable during flowering.
According to the Black Eyed Peas singer, the secret to her great bod is jumping rope .
A few weeks ago, nearly every table had peas for sale: snap peas, snow peas, and other varieties.
Julianna Peña is a woman fighter in a man's world.
My favorite fall crop is sugar snap peas.
The Leonids are tiny, sand-grain- to pea-sized bits of rocky debris shed long ago by the comet Tempel-Tuttle.
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In science:

Namely, if we fit the calculation to the observed threshold of the spectrum at 0.0022Ryd and the position of the mid-IR pea at 0.02 Ryd, we have to choose a much larger value of (ffσ) and hence a larger width of the mid-IR peak.
Calculation of Optical Conductivity of YbB$_{12}$ using Realistic Tight-Binding Model
The presence of this gas makes the observed temperature profiles of relaxed clusters to pea k at r ≃ 0.2r200 , thereby decreasing by about a factor two in the innermost sampled regions.
Thermodynamical properties of the ICM from hydrodynamical simulations
The functions (25.12) are called Pearcey integrals [Pea].
Lectures on random matrix models. The Riemann-Hilbert approach
Poisson point processes on (W+ , W+ ) with respective intensity measures ζℓ = u1{Dℓ < T eC < Rℓ+1}PeA .
Upper bound on the disconnection time of discrete cylinders and random interlacements
Position-velocity slices along the major axis of NGC 1167 (Fig. 5) or near the major axis (Fig. 7, right panel) show H i line pro files that are strongly asymmetric with respect to the pea k of the line, in particular in the inner part of the disk (similar to NGC 2403 and NGC 6946).
Cold gas in massive early-type galaxies: The case of NGC 1167
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