garbanzo

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Spanish garbanzo (whence also calavance), possibly from Basque garau (seed) + antzu (dry). Another theory suggests an Ancient Greek origin, from ἐρέβινθος (erébinthos).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ɡɑɹˈbɑnzoʊ/
  • Hyphenation: gar‧ban‧zo

Noun[edit]

garbanzo (plural garbanzos)

  1. An edible pulse, Cicer arietinum, of the family Leguminosae or Fabaceae and subfamilies Faboideae or Papilionoideae, with white or purple-blue flowers and small feathery leaves on both sides of the stem and pods containing two to three peas.
  2. A seed of this plant; the chickpea.

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Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Spanish garbanço, of unknown origin.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

garbanzo m (plural garbanzos)

  1. chickpea; garbanzo (plant, seed)
  2. (figuratively) bottom dollar, dosh

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