Chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, are a type of starchy bean often used to make hummus. The Latin name for garbanzo beans, Cicer arietinum, means "small ram", reflecting the unique shape of this legume that somewhat resembles a ram's head. Garbanzo beans are also referred to as Bengal grams and Egyptian peas.
The Latin term, cicer, is from whence the Latin orator Marcus Tullius Cicero derived his cognomen (Cicero). The Latin cognomen started as a nickname, and evolved into a familiar term: apparently at one point in his family's history, Cicero's family became associated with the chickpea in some way.