groundnut

noun
ground·nut | \ ˈgrau̇n(d)-ˌnət \

Definition of groundnut 

1a : any of several plants having edible tuberous roots especially : a North American leguminous vine (Apios americana) with pinnate leaves and clusters of brownish-purple fragrant flowers

b : the root of a groundnut

2 chiefly British : peanut

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Michael Strain of the American Enterprise Institute pointed out that the United States has wildly high tariffs, such a 350 percent tariff on smoking tobacco, 130 percent on peanuts and 99 percent on prepared groundnuts. Anchorage Daily News, "Analysis: There are ‘nuggets of truth’ to what Trump says about trade," 10 June 2018 Deposits include unique varieties of rice, black-eyed peas, and Bambara groundnut (a drought-tolerant crop). Julissa Treviño, Smithsonian, "Global Seed Vault Gets Its Millionth Donation and a $13 Million Update," 1 Mar. 2018 For dessert, hot chocolate is inflamed by dehydrated Scotch bonnets; truffles are laced with suya spice, a flare-up of ginger, chile and kuli-kuli (spiced groundnut paste), more often slapped on meat before grilling. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "At Serengeti Kitchen, Touches of Memoir Dot the Menu," 1 Feb. 2018 Some that do survive include lovage, sea kale, sorrel, Sweet Cicely, bunching onions such as scallions and Japanese negi onions, some leeks such as Carentan and Blue Solaise, and dandelions and groundnuts. Margaret Lauterbach, idahostatesman, "Mountain spinach might work as a perennial in the Treasure Valley," 24 Jan. 2018 The facility will process more than 750,000 metric tons of crops including rice, maize, yam, cassava, groundnuts and peas every year, according to the agency. Solape Renner, Bloomberg.com, "Nigeria Plans $1 Billion Crop-Processing Zone to Boost Exports," 1 Nov. 2017 Prior to 1994, when a 29-year-old Jammeh seized power in a bloodless coup, the town had been a quiet backwater, home to small-scale maize and groundnut farmers and little else. Jon Rosen, Slate Magazine, "Exit the Strongman," 7 Aug. 2017 Beyond that lies the palace itself, the zoo, and the thousands of acres of irrigated land where the president, relying mainly on volunteer labor, farmed groundnuts, cashews, rice, maize, millet, and even fish. Jon Rosen, Slate Magazine, "Exit the Strongman," 7 Aug. 2017 This flower-above-ground-then-burrow-underground-to-fruit trick is replicated by only one other plant in the world, the bambara groundnut, native to West Africa. Nicola Twilley, The Atlantic, "The Peril and Promise of Peanut Butter," 23 June 2017

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1602, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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