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chickpea (n.)

also chick-pea, 1712, a false singular of chich-pease (1540s), earlier simply chich (late 14c.), cich, from Old French chiche "chick-pea" (13c.), from Latin cicer "pea," which is of uncertain origin, but with likely cognates in Greek kikerroi "pale," Armenian sisern "chick-pea," Albanian thjer "lentil." The Latin plural, cicera, is also the source of Italian cece and was borrowed into Old High German as chihhra (German Kichererbse).

The English word was altered after 17c. on the model of French pois chiche , and folk-etymologized as chick-. For second element, see pease.

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Definitions of chickpea from WordNet

chickpea (n.)
the seed of the chickpea plant;
Synonyms: garbanzo
chickpea (n.)
Asiatic herb cultivated for its short pods with one or two edible seeds;
Synonyms: chickpea plant / Egyptian pea / Cicer arietinum
chickpea (n.)
large white roundish Asiatic legume; usually dried;
Synonyms: garbanzo
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