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

  Cowpea \Cow"pea`\ (kou"p[=e]`), n.
     1. The seed of one or more leguminous plants of the genus
        Dolichos; also, the plant itself. Many varieties are
        cultivated in the southern part of the United States.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. (Bot.) A leguminous plant ({Vigna Sinensis, syn. Vigna
        Catjang) found throughout the tropics of the Old World.
        It is extensively cultivated in the Southern United States
        for fodder, and the seed is used as food for man.
        [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  cowpea
      n 1: fruit or seed of the cowpea plant [syn: cowpea, black-
           eyed pea]
      2: sprawling Old World annual cultivated especially in southern
         United States for food and forage and green manure [syn:
         cowpea, cowpea plant, black-eyed pea, Vigna
         unguiculata, Vigna sinensis]
      3: eaten fresh as shell beans or dried [syn: black-eyed pea,
         cowpea]

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