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[pee-tee] /ˈpi ti/
adjective, peatier, peatiest.
of, pertaining to, resembling, or containing the substance peat.
Origin of peaty
First recorded in 1755-65; peat1 + -y1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • And the smell of peaty clothes smote him on the nostril for the first time that day.

    Gilian The Dreamer Neil Munro
  • As pigments, the peaty Cappah brown is the most transparent and rich in colour.

    Field's Chromatography George Field
  • A mountainous, peaty region in the northern part of Great Britain.

    This Giddy Globe Oliver Herford
  • It will not flourish in wet soils or on those of a peaty or sandy character.

  • Then he fell to them again, throwing out the peaty soil with both hands.

    Red Eve H. Rider Haggard
  • The river had a peaty colour, and resembled in its flow some portions of the Thames.

    A Danish Parsonage John Fulford Vicary
  • They require a sandy, peaty soil, and are treated as other shrubs are.

  • Trees, for the orchard, should never be grown upon a mucky or peaty soil.

    American Pomology J. A. Warder
  • The soil was peaty with a deep layer of sand and black dust on the top of it.

    13 Days John Alan Lyde Caunter
  • It is said to like a peaty soil, in which I have never tried it.

Word Origin and History for peaty

1765, from peat + -y (2). Related: Peatiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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