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Definition: pigeon pea
n 1: tropical woody herb with showy yellow flowers and flat pods;
much cultivated in the tropics [syn: pigeon-pea plant
, catjang pea
, red gram
2: small highly nutritious seed of the tropical pigeon-pea
plant [syn: cajan pea
English → English
Definition: Pigeon 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.
, n. [F., fr. L. pipio a young pipping or
chirping bird, fr. pipire to peep, chirp. Cf. Peep
1. (Zo["o]l.) Any bird of the order Columb[ae], of which
numerous species occur in nearly all parts of the world.
Note: The common domestic pigeon, or dove, was derived from
the Old World rock pigeon or rock dove (Columba livia
), common in cities. It has given rise to
numerous very remarkable varieties, such as the
carrier, fantail, nun, pouter, tumbler, etc. The common
wild pigeon of the Eastern United States is the
, called also
). Before the 19th century, the most
common pigeon was the passenger pigeon, but that
species is now extinct. See Passenger pigeon
. See, also, Fruit pigeon
, Ground pigeon
, Queen pigeon
, Stock pigeon
, under Fruit
[1913 Webster +PJC]
2. An unsuspected victim of sharpers; a gull. [Slang]
(Zo["o]l.), an Australian passerine bird
); -- called also black-faced crow
(Zo["o]l.), any one of numerous species of Old
World pigeons belonging to the family Treronid[ae]
(Zo["o]l.), any one of the large Asiatic
fruit pigeons of the genus Carpophada
(Bot.), the purplish black fruit of the
pokeweed; also, the plant itself. See Pokeweed
[perhaps a corruption of business English],
an extraordinary and grotesque dialect, employed in the
commercial cities of China, as the medium of communication
between foreign merchants and the Chinese. Its base is
English, with a mixture of Portuguese and Hindustani.
(Bot.), a kind of foxtail grass (Setaria glauca
), of some value as fodder. The seeds are eagerly
eaten by pigeons and other birds.
(a) A small American falcon (Falco columbarius
adult male is dark slate-blue above, streaked with
black on the back; beneath, whitish or buff, streaked
with brown. The tail is banded.
(b) The American sharp-shinned hawk (Accipiter velox
(a) A hole for pigeons to enter a pigeon house.
(b) See Pigeonhole
(c) pl. An old English game, in which balls were rolled
through little arches. --Halliwell.
, a dovecote.
(Bot.), the seed of Cajanus Indicus
; a kind of
pulse used for food in the East and West Indies; also, the
(Bot.), the edible drupes of two West African
species of Chrysobalanus
. (Zo["o]l.) See under Tremex
(Bot.), a name in the West Indies for the wood
of several very different kinds of trees, species of
, and Coccoloba
(Zo["o]l.), the flicker.
(a) The upland plover.
(b) The golden plover. [Local, U.S.]