- noun a member of the plant family that produces seeds in pods, e.g. peas and beans.
- noun a dry seed from a single carpel, which splits into two halves, e.g. a pea
- The general name for plants whose seeds are enclosed in two-sided pods attached along one join. Sometimes the whole pod is eaten, but more often the seeds only, either in the green or dried state, are consumed. When dried, they are known as pulses and are an important source of protein. Well over 10,000 varieties are known, most of which are edible.
- noun a seed, pod, or other part of a plant such as a pea or bean, used as food