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1peanut

noun pea·nut \ˈpē-(ˌ)nət\

: a nut with a thin shell that grows under the ground and that can be eaten

peanuts : a very small amount of money

Full Definition of PEANUT

1
:  a low-branching widely cultivated annual herb (Arachis hypogaea) of the legume family with showy yellow flowers having a peduncle which elongates and bends into the soil where the ovary ripens into a pod containing one to three oily edible seeds; also :  its seed or seed-containing pod
2
:  an insignificant or tiny person
3
plural :  a trifling amount
4
:  a pellet usually made of polystyrene foam that is used especially as packing material
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Examples of PEANUT

  1. Five billion dollars is peanuts compared to what the government spends each year.
  2. He works all day for peanuts.

First Known Use of PEANUT

1802

2peanut

adjective
PEANUT Defined for Kids

peanut

noun pea·nut \ˈpē-ˌnət\

Definition of PEANUT for Kids

:  a nutlike edible seed related to the pea that comes from the tough underground pods of a widely grown plant and that are eaten whole or crushed to form a spread (peanut butter) or produce oil for cooking (peanut oil)
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