1. A member of the pea family.
a. A widely cultivated climbing annual vine (Pisum sativum) native to Eurasia, having compound leaves with terminal leaflets modified into tendrils and globose, edible seeds enclosed in a green, elongated pod.
b. The pod of this plant: picked peas for dinner.
c. The seed of this plant, used as a vegetable.
d. A similar seed of various other plants, such as a cowpea.
3. Any of several plants of the genus Lathyrus, such as the sweet pea or the beach pea.
[Back-formation from Middle English pease (mistaken for pl.), from Old English pise, piose, from Late Latin pīsa, variant of Latin pīsum, from Greek pisos, pison.]
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