- a highly organic material found in marshy or damp regions, composed of partially decayed vegetable matter: it is cut and dried for use as fuel.
- such vegetable matter used as fertilizer or fuel.
Origin of peat1
- a merry young girl; darling (used as a term of endearment).
Origin of peat2
Examples from the Web for peat
With that, she sat down at the round table near the peat fire.Welsh Fairy Tales
William Elliott Griffis
The room was dark by this time, and only the sullen glow from the peat fire was on our faces.The Woman Thou Gavest Me
He broke the peat with the peat-stick and kicked it into the fire.The Shadow of a Crime
There he was in the peat loft when I went for the peats, and he had it all as fine as clerk after passon.A Son of Hagar
Sir Hall Caine
This accounts for that great pebble of peat which we saw in the surf.
- a compact brownish deposit of partially decomposed vegetable matter saturated with water: found in uplands and bogs in temperate and cold regions and used as a fuel (when dried) and as a fertilizer
- (as modifier)peat bog
- a piece of dried peat for use as fuel
- archaic, derogatory a person, esp a woman
- obsolete a term of endearment for a girl or woman
Word Origin and History for peat
c.1200, in Scottish Latin, of unknown origin, probably from a Celtic root *pett- (cf. Cornish peyth, Welsh peth "quantity, part, thing," Old Irish pet, Breton pez "piece"). The earliest sense is not of the turf but of the cut piece of it, and the Celtic root may be connected to that of piece.
- Partially decayed vegetable matter, especially peat moss, found in bogs. The low levels of oxygen and the acidic environment in bogs prevent the degradation of peat. Peat is burned as fuel and also used as fertilizer. See more at bog.