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chicken peas

[OED, W3 chick peas different sp.; see quot.] n. a plant, Aeshynomene grandifolia: 1788 Chicekn peas, a tree of very rapid and tall growth, recommends itself by its large, splendid blooms, and the seeds are good forage for poultry (Schoepf 308). (Inagua, Mayag.)

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Last update: 2010-12-24 18:16
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.0

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Comment of Trevor Lightbourne:
My Father is from Acklins. He uses the plant to cook rice and soups. He calls it chicken peas because on the island the chickens use to pick them of the tree and shell them, then eat the peas.
Added at: 2013-09-12 01:57