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  1. Also called wild bean, potato bean. a twining, North American plant, Apios americana (or A. tuberosa), of the legume family, having clusters of fragrant brownish flowers and an edible tuber.
  2. any of several other plants having edible underground parts, as the peanut.
  3. South Atlantic States. peanut.
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Origin of groundnut

First recorded in 1595–1605; ground1 + nut
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for groundnut

groundnut, earth, seed, goober, mani

Examples from the Web for groundnut

Historical Examples of groundnut

  • The groundnut is now largely cultivated for the oil it yields.

    The World and Its People: Book VII

    Anna B. Badlam

  • The groundnut forms one of the chief articles of food in some sections.

  • The Peanut or Groundnut is the seed of an annual, cultivated extensively in most tropical and sub-tropical countries.

    Science in the Kitchen.

    Mrs. E. E. Kellogg

  • You will doubtless be surprised to learn that the groundnut is really only a species of the familiar peanut.

  • My present dietary consists of plantain, groundnut and olive oil, with some sour fruit like the lime.

    A Guide to Health

    Mahatma Gandhi

British Dictionary definitions for groundnut


  1. a North American climbing leguminous plant, Apios tuberosa, with fragrant brown flowers and small edible underground tubers
  2. the tuber of this plant
  3. any of several other plants having underground nutlike parts
  4. British another name for peanut
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