Definition of cowpea in English:

cowpea

noun

  • 1A plant of the pea family native to the Old World tropics, cultivated for its edible pods and seeds.

    Vigna unguiculata, family Leguminosae

    ‘Other crop plants like peppers, cowpeas, clovers, legumes, and many others will be studied in the future.’
    • ‘Sorghum, millet, maize, cowpeas, and black-eyed peas are the main subsistence crops.’
    • ‘They planted two legume cover crops - Lana vetch and Clay Iron cowpeas.’
    • ‘The district is largely dependent on agriculture with farmers growing crops like cowpeas and millet.’
    • ‘The seed project was started last year to produce different varieties of quality cowpea seed.’
    • ‘He encouraged farmers to try new crops, like peanuts, cowpeas and sweet potatoes.’
    • ‘The maloga bean, a native Australian cowpea, V. lanceolata, also has edible pods.’
    • ‘The study documents public biotech research on 20 different crops, including maize, sweet potato, and cowpeas.’
    • ‘We also grow groundnuts, lemongrass, cowpeas and other small scale crops.’
    • ‘Ten hectares of cowpeas and seven hectares of millet were damaged by the flooding.’
    • ‘A number of local varieties of crops, including sorghum, millet, groundnut and cowpea, have emerged.’
    • ‘Originating in Africa, okra is thought to have been brought to America by slaves, along with that other Southern staple, cowpeas.’
    • ‘Among the legumes that the researchers will be looking at are the cowpea and the Bambara groundnut.’
    • ‘Rasochova detailed her work with cowpeas in developing vaccines against animal parvoviruses.’
    • ‘Although widely prolific in the West Indies, they have not flourished in this country, and cowpeas have more or less supplanted them.’
    • ‘Dehydrin loci and tolerance to chilling were markedly cosegregated in cowpeas.’
    • ‘It is drought tolerant, even more so than cowpeas, but benefits from adequate rainfall on well-drained soils.’
    • ‘You can grow cowpea, amaranths and okra on your terraces with a little effort.’
    • ‘Two strains were studied, one with the infamous Bt gene and another with a gene from cowpea.’
    • ‘Phytochrome-mediated changes in GA production triggered stem elongation in cowpea.’
    1. 1.1The seed of the cowpea as food.
      ‘Traditional rural staples are sweet potatoes, manioc, yams, corn, rice, pigeon peas, cowpeas, bread, and coffee.’
      • ‘Other crops include peanuts, beans, squash, pumpkins, cucumbers, sweet potatoes, bananas, and cowpeas.’
      • ‘Other crops are sunhemp, cowpeas and pigeon peas.’
      • ‘These are growing cowpeas, a crop, which they had abandoned before because of lack of an effective market.’
      • ‘Forest elephants spent a night stripping the field of what would have been a six-month supply of cowpeas.’
      • ‘He's kept Miller's advice close, making memorable dishes like his cowpea fritters.’
      • ‘Summer is the season of various kinds of beans full of protein including cowpeas, hyacinth beans and horse beans.’
      • ‘Cowpeas are a staple crop eaten in Africa as a dry bean, snap bean, or raw salad green.’

Pronunciation

cowpea

/ˈkouˌpē/ /ˈkaʊˌpi/