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peat

play
noun \ˈpēt\

Definition of peat

  1. 1 :  turf 2b

  2. 2 :  partially carbonized vegetable tissue formed by partial decomposition in water of various plants (as mosses of the genus Sphagnum)

peaty play \ˈpē-tē\ adjective


Origin of peat

Middle English pete piece of peat, from Medieval Latin peta, probably of Celtic origin; akin to Cornish peyth bit, Welsh peth thing


First Known Use: 14th century

Other Agriculture/Gardening Terms


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peat

noun

Definition of peat

  1. :  a bold lively woman



Origin of peat

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1599


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