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See also: Pease
pease (plural peasen)
- (archaic) Alternative form of
- 1924, Arthur Machen [pseudonym; Arthur Llewellyn Jones], chapter IV, in The London Adventure or The Art of Wandering, London: Martin Secker, page 113:
- It was fiercely cold, but I was a good deal warmed when the lad who drove me, talking of the crops of the country, spoke of “the peasen.” Thank God! I said to myself, there is still some smack of old England left in the land.
- The original singular was pease (meaning “a pea”), and the plural was peasen. Because of the final [z]-sound, the singular then came to be reinterpreted as a plural form, leading to the backformation of a new singular pea.