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peat

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[ peet ]
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Definition of peat

noun
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.
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Origin of peat

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1300–50; Middle English pete (compare Anglo-Latin peta) < ?

Other definitions for peat (2 of 2)

peat2
[ peet ]
/ pit /

noun
Obsolete. a merry young girl; darling (used as a term of endearment).

Origin of peat

2
First recorded in 1560–70; origin uncertain
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British Dictionary definitions for peat (1 of 2)

peat1
/ (piːt) /

noun
  1. 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
  2. (as modifier)peat bog
a piece of dried peat for use as fuel

Derived forms of peat

peaty, adjective

Word Origin for peat

C14: from Anglo-Latin peta, perhaps from Celtic; compare Welsh peth thing

British Dictionary definitions for peat (2 of 2)

peat2
/ (piːt) /

noun
archaic, derogatory a person, esp a woman
obsolete a term of endearment for a girl or woman

Word Origin for peat

C16: of uncertain origin
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Scientific definitions for peat

peat
[ pēt ]

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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