pea


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Pea \Pea\ (p[=e]), n. [OF. peis. See Poise.]
   The sliding weight on a steelyard. [Written also pee.]
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Pea \Pea\, n. (Naut.)
   See Peak, n., 3.
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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.
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   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.
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   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.
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   Note: The name pea is given to many leguminous plants more or
         less closely related to the common pea. See the
         Phrases, below.
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   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
      Orris.

   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]) 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) 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.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Peak \Peak\ (p[=e]k), n. [OE. pek, AS. peac, perh of Celtic
   origin; cf. Ir. peac a sharp-pointed thing. Cf. Pike.]
   1. A point; the sharp end or top of anything that terminates
      in a point; as, the peak, or front, of a cap. "Run your
      beard into a peak." --Beau. & Fl.
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   2. The top, or one of the tops, of a hill, mountain, or
      range, ending in a point; often, the whole hill or
      mountain, esp. when isolated; as, the Peak of Teneriffe.
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            Silent upon a peak in Darien.         --Keats.
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   3. (Naut.)
      (a) The upper aftermost corner of a fore-and-aft sail; --
          used in many combinations; as, peak-halyards,
          peak-brails, etc.
      (b) The narrow part of a vessel's bow, or the hold within
          it.
      (c) The extremity of an anchor fluke; the bill. [In the
          last sense written also pea and pee.]
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   Fore peak. (Naut.) See under Fore.
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