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 for Pigeon pea
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Pea \Pea\, n.; pl. Peas (p[=e]z) or Pease (p[=e]z). [OE.
     pese, fr. AS. pisa, or OF. peis, F. pois; both fr. L. pisum;
     cf. Gr. pi`sos, pi`son. The final s was misunderstood in
     English as a plural ending. Cf. Pease.]
     1. (Bot.) A plant, and its fruit, of the genus Pisum, of
        many varieties, much cultivated for food. It has a
        papilionaceous flower, and the pericarp is a legume,
        popularly called a pod.
        [1913 Webster]
     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.
           [1913 Webster]
     2. A name given, especially in the Southern States, to the
        seed of several leguminous plants (species of Dolichos,
        Cicer, Abrus, etc.) esp. those having a scar (hilum)
        of a different color from the rest of the seed.
        [1913 Webster]
     Note: The name pea is given to many leguminous plants more or
           less closely related to the common pea. See the
           Phrases, below.
           [1913 Webster]
     Beach pea (Bot.), a seashore plant, Lathyrus maritimus.
     Black-eyed pea, a West Indian name for Dolichos
        sph[ae]rospermus and its seed.
     Butterfly pea, the American plant Clitoria Mariana,
        having showy blossoms.
     Chick pea. See Chick-pea.
     Egyptian pea. Same as Chick-pea.
     Everlasting pea. See under Everlasting.
     Glory pea. See under Glory, n.
     Hoary pea, any plant of the genus Tephrosia; goat's rue.
     Issue pea, Orris pea. (Med.) See under Issue, and
     Milk pea. (Bot.) See under Milk.
     Pea berry, a kind of a coffee bean or grain which grows
        single, and is round or pea-shaped; often used
        adjectively; as, pea-berry coffee.
     Pea bug. (Zool.) Same as Pea weevil.
     Pea coal, a size of coal smaller than nut coal.
     Pea crab (Zool.), any small crab of the genus
        Pinnotheres, living as a commensal in bivalves; esp.,
        the European species ({Pinnotheres pisum) which lives in
        the common mussel and the cockle.
     Pea dove (Zool.), the American ground dove.
     Pea-flower+tribe+(Bot.),+a+suborder+({Papilionace[ae]">Pea-flower tribe (Bot.), a suborder ({Papilionace[ae]) of
        leguminous plants having blossoms essentially like that of
        the pea. --G. Bentham.
     Pea maggot (Zool.), the larva of a European moth ({Tortrix
        pisi), which is very destructive to peas.
     Pea ore (Min.), argillaceous oxide of iron, occurring in
        round grains of a size of a pea; pisolitic ore.
     Pea starch, the starch or flour of the common pea, which is
        sometimes used in adulterating wheat flour, pepper, etc.
     Pea tree (Bot.), the name of several leguminous shrubs of
        the genus Caragana, natives of Siberia and China.
     Pea vine. (Bot.)
        (a) Any plant which bears peas.
        (b) A kind of vetch or tare, common in the United States
            ({Lathyrus Americana, and other similar species).
     Pea+weevil+(Zool.),+a+small+weevil+({Bruchus+pisi">Pea weevil (Zool.), a small weevil ({Bruchus pisi) which
        destroys peas by eating out the interior.
     Pigeon pea. (Bot.) See Pigeon pea.
     Sweet pea (Bot.), the annual plant Lathyrus odoratus;
        also, its many-colored, sweet-scented blossoms.
        [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Pigeon \Pi"geon\, n. [F., fr. L. pipio a young pipping or
     chirping bird, fr. pipire to peep, chirp. Cf. Peep to
     1. (Zool.) Any bird of the order Columb[ae], of which
        numerous species occur in nearly all parts of the world.
        [1913 Webster]
     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
           Mourning+dove+({Zenaida+macroura">Mourning dove ({Zenaida macroura, called also
           Carolina dove). Before the 19th century, the most
           common pigeon was the passenger pigeon, but that
           species is now extinct. See Passenger pigeon, and
           Carolina dove under Dove. See, also, Fruit
           pigeon, Ground pigeon, Queen pigeon, Stock
           pigeon, under Fruit, Ground, etc.
           [1913 Webster +PJC]
     2. An unsuspected victim of sharpers; a gull. [Slang]
        [1913 Webster]
     Blue pigeon (Zool.), an Australian passerine bird
        ({Graucalus melanops); -- called also black-faced crow.
     Green pigeon (Zool.), any one of numerous species of Old
        World pigeons belonging to the family Treronid[ae].
     Imperial pigeon (Zool.), any one of the large Asiatic fruit
        pigeons of the genus Carpophada.
     Pigeon berry (Bot.), the purplish black fruit of the
        pokeweed; also, the plant itself. See Pokeweed.
     Pigeon English [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.
        --Johnson's Cyc.
     Pigeon grass (Bot.), a kind of foxtail grass ({Setaria
        glauca), of some value as fodder. The seeds are eagerly
        eaten by pigeons and other birds.
     Pigeon hawk. (Zool.)
        (a) A small American falcon ({Falco columbarius). The
            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 or
            Accipiter fuscus).
     Pigeon hole.
        (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.
     Pigeon house, a dovecote.
     Pigeon pea (Bot.), the seed of Cajanus Indicus; a kind of
        pulse used for food in the East and West Indies; also, the
        plant itself.
     Pigeon plum (Bot.), the edible drupes of two West African
        Chrysobalanus+({Chrysobalanus+ellipticus">species of Chrysobalanus ({Chrysobalanus ellipticus and
        Chrysobalanus luteus).
     Pigeon tremex. (Zool.) See under Tremex.
     Pigeon wood (Bot.), a name in the West Indies for the wood
        of several very different kinds of trees, species of
        Dipholis, Diospyros, and Coccoloba.
     Pigeon woodpecker (Zool.), the flicker.
     Prairie pigeon. (Zool.)
        (a) The upland plover.
        (b) The golden plover. [Local, U.S.]
            [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Angola pea \An*go"la pea`\ (Bot.)
     A tropical plant ({Cajanus indicus) and its edible seed, a
     kind of pulse; -- so called from Angola in Western Africa.
     Called also pigeon pea and Congo pea.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  pigeon pea
      n 1: tropical woody herb with showy yellow flowers and flat
           pods; much cultivated in the tropics [syn: pigeon pea,
           pigeon-pea plant, cajan pea, catjang pea, red gram,
           dhal, dahl, Cajanus cajan]
      2: small highly nutritious seed of the tropical pigeon-pea plant
         [syn: cajan pea, pigeon pea, dahl]

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