noun (1), often attributive
\ ˈpēt How to pronounce peat (audio) \

Definition of peat

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


noun (2)

Definition of peat (Entry 2 of 2)

: a bold lively woman

Other Words from peat

Noun (1)

peaty \ ˈpē-​tē How to pronounce peat (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of peat

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1566, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for peat

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

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“Peat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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Kids Definition of peat

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

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