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A bowl of garbanzos
A bowl of prepared garbanzos
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From Spanish garbanzo, initially borrowed as garvance in the 17th c. and anglicized as calavance (chickpea; any kind of bean or pulse).[1] The original garbanzo was re-established in the 19th c., primarily via American Spanish.[1]


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


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.
    Synonym: garbanzo bean
  2. A seed of this plant; the chickpea.



  1. 1.0 1.1 Garbanzo bean”, in Oxford Reference[1], Onford University Press, n.d., retrieved 1 May 2020


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From Old Spanish garbanço.[1] Presumably influenced by garroba (carob fruit) and galbana (small pea; a variety of pea).[1][2]


  • IPA(key): (Spain) /ɡaɾˈbanθo/ [ɡaɾˈβ̞ãn̟.θo]
  • IPA(key): (Latin America) /ɡaɾˈbanso/ [ɡaɾˈβ̞ã]
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  • (Spain) Rhymes: -anθo
  • (Latin America) Rhymes: -anso
  • Syllabification: gar‧ban‧zo


garbanzo m (plural garbanzos)

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

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  • Basque: garbantzu
  • English: garbanzo, calavance


  1. 1.0 1.1 José Laguna Campos (n.d.) “Estudio léxico de un inventario oscense de 1565 [Lexical study of a 1565 Huescan inventory]”, in Institución Fernando El Católico (in Spanish) (PDF), retrieved 1 May 2020, page 41:garbanços 'garbanzos' [] Según señala DCECH, de origen incierto [] pudo alterarse por influjo de garroba 'algarroba' y galbana 'especie de guisante'.garbanços 'garbanzo beans' [] According to the DCECH, of uncertain origin [] possibly altered by the influence of garroba 'carob' and galbana 'species of pea'.
  2. ^ Real Academia Española (1914) “G”, in Diccionario de la lengua castellana[2] (in Spanish), 14 edition, Madrid: Sucesores de Hernando, →OCLC, page 498:Galbana. (Del ár. جلبان, cholbán, guisantes.) f. ant. Guisante pequeño.Galbana. (Of the ar. جلبان, cholbán, peas.) f. ant. small pea.

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