Found 2 items, similar to Butterfly pea.
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Definition: butterfly pea
n 1: vine of tropical Asia having pinnate leaves and bright blue
yellow-centered flowers [syn: blue pea
, Clitoria turnatea
2: large-flowered wild twining vine of southeastern and central
United States having pale blue flowers [syn: Clitoria mariana
3: large-flowered weakly twining or prostrate vine of New
Jersey to tropical eastern North America, sometimes
cultivated for its purple and white flowers [syn: Centrosema virginianum
English → English
Definition: Butterfly pea
, n.; pl. Peas
. [OE. pese, fr. AS. pisa, or
OF. peis, F. pois; both fr. L. pisum; cf. Gr. ?, ?. The final
s was misunderstood in English as a plural ending. Cf.
1. (Bot.) A plant, and its fruit, of the genus Pisum
many varieties, much cultivated for food. It has a
papilionaceous flower, and the pericarp is a legume,
popularly called a pod.
Note: When a definite number, more than one, is spoken of,
the plural form peas is used; as, the pod contained
nine peas; but, in a collective sense, the form pease
is preferred; as, a bushel of pease; they had pease at
dinner. This distinction is not always preserved, the
form peas being used in both senses.
2. A name given, especially in the Southern States, to the
seed of several leguminous plants (species of Dolichos
, etc.) esp. those having a scar (hilum)
of a different color from the rest of the seed.
Note: The name pea is given to many leguminous plants more or
less closely related to the common pea. See the
(Bot.), a seashore plant, Lathyrus maritimus
, a West Indian name for Dolichos sph[ae]rospermus
and its seed.
, the American plant Clitoria Mariana
having showy blossoms.
. See Chick-pea
. Same as Chick-pea
. See under Everlasting
. See under Glory
, any plant of the genus Tephrosia
; goat's rue.
, Orris pea
. (Med.) See under Issue
. (Bot.) See under Milk
, a kind of a coffee bean or grain which grows
single, and is round or pea-shaped; often used
adjectively; as, pea-berry coffee.
. (Zo["o]l.) Same as Pea weevil
, a size of coal smaller than nut coal.
(Zo["o]l.), any small crab of the genus
, living as a commensal in bivalves; esp.,
the European species (Pinnotheres pisum
) which lives in
the common mussel and the cockle.
(Zo["o]l.), the American ground dove.
(Bot.), a suborder (Papilionace[ae]
leguminous plants having blossoms essentially like that of
the pea. --G. Bentham.
(Zo["o]l.), the larva of a European moth
), which is very destructive to peas.
(Min.), argillaceous oxide of iron, occurring in
round grains of a size of a pea; pisolitic ore.
, the starch or flour of the common pea, which is
sometimes used in adulterating wheat flour, pepper, etc.
(Bot.), the name of several leguminous shrubs of
the genus Caragana
, natives of Siberia and China.
(a) Any plant which bears peas.
(b) A kind of vetch or tare, common in the United States
, and other similar species).
(Zo["o]l.), a small weevil (Bruchus pisi
which destroys peas by eating out the interior.
. (Bot.) See Pigeon pea
(Bot.), the annual plant Lathyrus odoratus
also, its many-colored, sweet-scented blossoms.