Definition of black-eyed pea noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


black-eyed pea

; NAmE
[usually plural] (North American English) (British English cowpea, black-eyed bean)
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a small white bean with a black spot on it, eaten a lot in the US. A dish called hopping John (black-eyed peas and rice) is eaten in the southern US states on New Year's Day because it is thought to bring good luck in the new year.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: black-eyed pea