Definitions for peanutˈpiˌnʌt, -nət

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pea•nutˈpiˌnʌt, -nət(n.)

  1. the pod or the enclosed edible seed of a plant, Arachis hypogaea, of the legume family: the pod is forced underground in growing, where it ripens.

    Category: Plants

  2. the plant itself.

    Category: Plants

  3. any small or insignificant person or thing.

  4. a small, peanut-shaped piece of polystyrene used in bulk to protect esp. material being shipped.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  5. peanuts, Informal. a very small amount of money.

    Category: Informal

Origin of peanut:

1790–1800

Princeton's WordNet

  1. peanut(noun)

    underground pod of the peanut vine

  2. peanut, peanut vine, Arachis hypogaea(noun)

    widely cultivated American plant cultivated in tropical and warm regions; showy yellow flowers on stalks that bend over to the soil so that seed pods ripen underground

  3. peanut(noun)

    a young child who is small for his age

  4. peanut, earthnut, goober, goober pea, groundnut, monkey nut(adj)

    pod of the peanut vine containing usually 2 nuts or seeds; `groundnut' and `monkey nut' are British terms

  5. insignificant, peanut(adj)

    of little importance or influence or power; of minor status

    "a minor, insignificant bureaucrat"; "peanut politicians"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. peanut(noun)ˈpiˌnʌt, -nət

    a seed with a thin brown shell, eaten like a nut

    a chocolate bar with peanuts

Wiktionary

  1. peanut(Noun)

    A legume resembling a nut, the fruit of the plant Arachis hypogaea.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Peanut(noun)

    the fruit of a trailing leguminous plant (Arachis hypogaea); also, the plant itself, which is widely cultivated for its fruit

Freebase

  1. Peanut

    The peanut, or groundnut, is a species in the legume or "bean" family. The peanut was probably first domesticated and cultivated in the valleys of Paraguay. It is an annual herbaceous plant growing 30 to 50 cm tall. The leaves are opposite, pinnate with four leaflets, each leaflet is 1 to 7 cm long and 1 to 3 cm broad. The flowers are a typical peaflower in shape, 2 to 4 cm across, yellow with reddish veining. Hypogaea means "under the earth"; after pollination, the flower stalk elongates causing it to bend until the ovary touches the ground. Continued stalk growth then pushes the ovary underground where the mature fruit develops into a legume pod, the peanut – a classical example of geocarpy. Pods are 3 to 7 cm long, containing 1 to 4 seeds. Peanuts are known by many other local names such as earthnuts, ground nuts, goober peas, monkey nuts, pygmy nuts and pig nuts. Despite its name and appearance, the peanut is not a nut, but rather a legume.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

peanut(noun)

(alsoˈgroundnut or monkey nut ) a type of nut that looks rather like a pea.

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