Definition of chickpea noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈtʃɪkpiː//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃɪkpiː//
(especially British English) (usually North American English garbanzo, garbanzo bean) Vegetables
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a hard round seed, like a light brown pea, that is cooked and eaten as a vegetable See related entries: Vegetables Word Originearly 18th cent. (earlier as chiche-pease): from late Middle English chiche (from Old French chiche, cice, from Latin cicer ‘chickpea’) + pease ‘peas’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: chickpea

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