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[chik-pee] /ˈtʃɪkˌpi/

Also called garbanzo. a widely cultivated plant, Cicer arietinum, of the legume family, bearing pods containing pealike seeds.
the seeds of this plant, used extensively as a food.
a bushy leguminous plant, Cicer arietinum, cultivated for its edible pealike seeds in the Mediterranean region, central Asia, and Africa
Also called garbanzo. the seed of this plant

See ceci bean

1712, false singular back-formation from chich-pease (1540s), from French pois chiche, from Latin cicer “pea,” of uncertain origin, but with likely cognates in Greek kikerroi “pale,” Armenian sisern “chick-pea,” Albanian thjer “lentil.” For second element, see pease. The Latin plural, cicera, is also the source of Italian cece and was borrowed into Old High German as chihhra (German Kichererbse).


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