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noun (1)

often attributive
: partially carbonized vegetable tissue formed by partial decomposition in water of various plants (such as mosses of the genus Sphagnum)
peaty adjective


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noun (2)

: a bold lively woman

Examples of peat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Yet farmers might dry out their peatland or harvest the peat. Ashoka, Forbes, 11 Dec. 2023 Trey, meanwhile, sees a chance for revenge against the men who buried her beloved brother in a peat bog. Yvonne Zipp, The Christian Science Monitor, 28 Mar. 2024 Brains have surfaced from northern European peat bogs, Andean mountaintops, shipwrecks, desert tombs and Victorian poorhouses. Katie Hunt, CNN, 25 Mar. 2024 Eventually, the objects sank, hidden and entombed, in more than six feet of oozing peat and silt. Franz Lidz, New York Times, 19 Mar. 2024 But after decades of habitat destruction, these handsome insects are now fragmented and locally extinct, holding out in the wettest fens, valleys, and peat bogs of the New Forest and Dorset. Matthew Ponsford, WIRED, 19 Mar. 2024 The team is also launching a program called Atlas of Smoke, which will use algorithmic imagery to decipher how the peat levels in the whisky respond to aging. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 19 Mar. 2024 Police were first called to County Londonderry’s Bellaghy Bog in October, when a civilian noticed human bones sticking out of the peat. Sonja Anderson, Smithsonian Magazine, 6 Feb. 2024 The oldest distillery on Islay, dating back to 1779, Bowmore uses peat to malt its barley. Tony Sachs, Forbes, 26 Feb. 2024

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Word History


Noun (1)

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

Noun (2)

origin unknown

First Known Use

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1566, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Peat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a dark brown or blackish material that is the remains of plants partly decayed in water and is sometimes dug up and dried for use as fuel

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