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noun
  1. a somewhat elongated, two-valved seed vessel, as that of the pea or bean.
  2. a dehiscent fruit or pericarp having several seeds.
  3. Entomology.
    1. an insect egg case.
    2. a compact mass of insect eggs.
  4. a streamlined enclosure, housing, or detachable container of some kind: an engine pod under the wing of an aircraft.
  5. a protective compartment, as for an automobile's instrument gauges.
  6. Mining. an orebody that has an elongated or lenticular shape.
  7. Radio and Television Slang. a cluster of brief commercials or spot announcements.
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verb (used without object), pod·ded, pod·ding.
  1. to produce pods.
  2. to swell out like a pod.
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Origin of pod1

1680–90; apparently back formation from podder peasecod gatherer; comparepodder, variant of podware, unexplained variant of codware bagged vegetables (cod2 + -ware crops, vegetables)
Related formspod·like, adjectiveun·pod·ded, adjective
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  • What a touching thought it was that they had all podded for me!

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British Dictionary definitions for podded

pod1

noun
    1. the fruit of any leguminous plant, consisting of a long two-valved case that contains seeds and splits along both sides when ripe
    2. the seedcase as distinct from the seeds
  1. any similar fruit
  2. a streamlined structure attached by a pylon to an aircraft and used to house a jet engine (podded engine), fuel tank, armament, etc
  3. an enclosed cabin suspended from a cable or a big wheel, for carrying passengers
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verb pods, podding or podded
  1. (tr) to remove the pod or shell from (peas, beans, etc)
  2. (intr) (of a plant) to produce pods
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Word Origin

C17: perhaps back formation from earlier podware bagged vegetables, probably from pod, variant of cod ² + ware 1

pod2

noun
  1. a small group of animals, esp seals, whales, or birds
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Word Origin

C19: of unknown origin

pod3

noun
  1. a straight groove along the length of certain augers and bits
  2. the socket that holds the bit in a boring tool
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Word Origin

C16: of unknown origin

POD

abbreviation for
  1. pay on delivery
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abbreviation for
  1. print on demand
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Word Origin and History for podded

pod

n.1

"seed of beans," 1680s, of uncertain origin; found earlier in podware "seed of legumes, seed grain" (mid-15c.), which had a parallel form codware "husked or seeded plants" (late 14c.), related to cod "husk of seeded plants," which was in Old English. In reference to pregnancy from 1890; in reference to a round belly from 1825. Meaning "detachable body of an aircraft" is from 1950. Pod people (1956) is from movie "Invasion of the Body Snatchers," based on novel by Jack Finney.

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pod

n.2

"herd of whales or seals," 1827, American English, of unknown origin.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

podded in Science

pod

[pŏd]
  1. A fruit or seed case that usually splits along two seams to release its seeds when mature. Legumes, such as peas and beans, produce pods.
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