peanut

[ pee-nuht, -nuh t ]
/ ˈpiˌnʌt, -nət /

noun

the pod or the enclosed edible seed of the plant, Arachis hypogaea, of the legume family: the pod is forced underground in growing, where it ripens.
the plant itself.
any small or insignificant person or thing.
peanuts,
  1. Informal. a very small amount of money: working for peanuts.
  2. Slang. barbiturates.
  3. small pieces of Styrofoam used as a packing material.

adjective

Origin of peanut

An Americanism dating back to 1790–1800; pea1 + nut

Related forms

pea·nut·ty, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for peanut

peanut

/ (ˈpiːˌnʌt) /

noun

  1. a leguminous plant, Arachis hypogaea, of tropical America: widely cultivated for its edible seeds. The seed pods are forced underground where they ripenSee also hog peanut
  2. Also called: goober, goober pea, (Brit) groundnut, (Brit) monkey nut the edible nutlike seed of this plant, used for food and as a source of oil
See also peanuts
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