- a bushy annual plant (Cicer arietinum) of the pea family, with short, hairy pods containing usually two seeds; garbanzo
- the edible seed
Origin of chickpeafor chick pea from Middle English and Old French chiche from Classical Latin cicer, pea
- An annual Asian plant (Cicer arietinum) in the pea family, widely cultivated for the edible seeds in its short inflated pods.
- A seed of this plant. Also called In both senses also called garbanzo .
Origin of chickpeaAlteration ( perhaps influenced by chick )of obsolete chichpease Middle English chiche chickpea ( from Old French) ( from Latin cicer ) (Armenian sise&rdot;n both Latin and Armenian being loanwords from an unknown source ) pease pea ; see pea .