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.
Other definitions for peat (2 of 2)
Obsolete. a merry young girl; darling (used as a term of endearment).
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How to use peat in a sentence
Most temperate forests, which exist at lower latitudes in both the Northern and Southern hemispheres, lack the carbon-rich peat and soil that fuel zombie fires.Readers discuss the 1921 Tulsa race massacre, zombie fires and more | Science News Staff | August 8, 2021 | Science News
This suggests some of the peat carbon must instead have gone back into the land as plants grew, according to the researchers.
With poor understanding about peat locations, and poor reporting about land conversion, experts say, many countries can’t fully account for peat emissions even now.
Massive losses of tropical peat are even now occurring in countries like Indonesia and Malaysia, for instance, so global losses will be higher.
In its normal state, peat slowly pulls carbon out of the atmosphere — unless you disturb it.
Two days later, on January 5, 2012, MC peat Co LLP took out a loan in the amount of £2.73 million, or $4.5 million.
Charlie peat denied to me by email that his investment house was lent any money from Roman Abramovich.
Is the fact that it worked in Norway a good reason to give peat moss a try?
He had nearly bitten his swollen tongue in two falling over an unseen peat-cutting, and blood-flecked foam gathered on his lips.Uncanny Tales | Various
It must be carefully composted with peat, and turned over several times before being used.
It is sometimes mixed with lime or gypsum, and dried with heat, and sometimes with animal charcoal or peat charcoal.
Dry peat of good quality contains about one per cent of nitrogen, and a quantity of ash varying from five to twenty per cent.
A stuffy hole, full of peat-smoke, and with a window that can't open at the best of times.The Daisy Chain | Charlotte Yonge
British Dictionary definitions for peat (1 of 2)
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
- peaty, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for peat (2 of 2)
archaic, derogatory a person, esp a woman
obsolete a term of endearment for a girl or woman
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Scientific definitions for peat
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.
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