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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR PEAS

Truly, if this twain are to be judged by their voices, no two peas were ever more alike.

We'll have peas with the fillet, and potato balls and Brussels sprouts.

The liquor in which meat has been boiled makes an excellent soup for the poor, by adding to it vegetables, oatmeal, or peas.

Sow another crop of peas, and plant more beans; choose a dry spot for them, where they can be sheltered from the winter's cold.

Stew them gently till the peas are tender, then add four spoonfuls of cream, a lump of sugar, and the yolks of two eggs.

For another she knit a pair of stockings, for which she received a quart of peas.

At this time he is not unlikely to eat our sprouting lettuce and peas.

Folks say father and son are as like as peas, but nowt of the sort.

Fruit as large as peas, purple-black, bitter; ripe in autumn.

How many bushels of potatoes, corn, beans, peas and peanuts have we raised this year?

WORD ORIGIN

early or mid-17c., false singular from Middle English pease (plural pesen), which was both single and collective (e.g. wheat, corn) but the "s" sound was mistaken for the plural inflection. From Old English pise (West Saxon), piose (Mercian) "pea," from Late Latin pisa, variant of Latin pisum "pea," from Greek pison "the pea," perhaps of Thracian or Phrygian origin [Klein].

In Southern U.S. and the Caribbean, used of other legumes as well. Pea soup is first recorded 1711 (pease-soup); applied to London fogs since at least 1849. Pea-shooter attested from 1803.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.