Chick-pea, an Asiatic herb of the pea family. It produces inflated pods containing one or two wrinkled, pealike seeds. The plant grows to be about two feet (60 cm) tall. It is cultivated in Mediterranean countries and in Asia, particularly India, where it is known as gram. It is also cultivated in Mexico, where it is called garbanzo. Either boiled or roasted, it forms an important part of the diet of people in Asia and southern Europe. The chick-pea is sometimes used as a coffee substitute. The foliage and stems may be used as fodder.
Chick-pea is Cicer arietinum of the family Leguminosae.The chickpea, or garbanzo, produces inflated pods with one or two wrinkly seeds.