ground·​nut | \ ˈgrau̇n(d)-ˌnət How to pronounce groundnut (audio) \

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

Examples of groundnut in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Learn how to make such dishes as traditional baklawa with pistachio and Ghanaian groundnut soup, then sit down to a facilitated discussion that includes experiences of resettlement while dining on your creations. Laura Kiniry, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 Feb. 2020 The same was the case with coconut, palm oil and groundnut. Michael E Odijie, Quartz Africa, 10 Oct. 2019 The leopards’ presence is welcomed for keeping neelgai antelope, wild boar, and chinkara (Indian gazelles) away from crops of cotton, maize, wheat, mustard, and groundnut. National Geographic, 22 Mar. 2019 During lunch at a beachside resort, try out local specialties like groundnut stew and jollof rice. National Geographic, 12 June 2019 Pinchos de Dàtiles y Bacon Fritos (Fried Date and Bacon Pinchos) Makes 20 20 dates 20 slices (rashers) thin rindless bacon 2–3 tablespoons peanut or groundnut oil 1. Multiple Authors, House Beautiful, 5 Aug. 2010 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, 10 June 2018 Deposits include unique varieties of rice, black-eyed peas, and Bambara groundnut (a drought-tolerant crop). Julissa Treviño, Smithsonian, 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, 1 Feb. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of groundnut

1602, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Groundnut.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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