[syn: black-eyed pea, cowpea]
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.
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.]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: fruit or seed of the cowpea plant [syn: cowpea, black-
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,