: any of various roots, tubers, or subterranean pods: such as
: the tuber of a common southern European plant (Conopodium denudatum) of the family Umbelliferae having the flavor of roasted chestnuts
: peanut
or less commonly earthnut pea : the root of the heath pea
: any plant producing earthnuts

Word History


Middle English erthenote, from Old English eorthnutu, from eorth- (from eorthe earth) + nutu, hnutu nut

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of earthnut was in the 14th century

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“Earthnut.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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