The word in French for pea, polka dots but not the colour of apples!

The word in French for pea is le petit-pois

This sounds like PETTY PWA...

french-for-pea to remember this, imagine a PETTY thief (m) who is PWETTY POOR stealing and eating your peas!!

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For example...

Mon fils compte les petits pois dans son assiette.

My son counts/is counting the peas on his plate.

(Note that assiette is a feminine word, but uses son, which is masculine... why?? Because assiette starts with a vowel and sa assiette does not sound quite right...the French say son assiette, so that there is no vowel on vowel clash!)

le petit-pois (m)= green/garden pea (singular)

les petits-pois (m) = green/garden peas (plural)

le pois = pea (botanical-seed /culinary-fruit)

le pois cassés = split pea

le pois chiche = chick pea

le pois de senteur = sweet pea

la soupe aux pois (f) = pea soup


le pois can also mean: dot

e.g. à pois = polka-dot, spotted.

And note!

English : pea-green (adj) = French: vert pomme (apple-green!)

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