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Meaning of peat by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • IPA: /piːt/, SAMPA: /pi:t/
    • Rhymes: -iːt
    • Homophone: Pete


    peat ( countable and uncountable; plural: peats )

    1. Soil formed of dead but not fully decayed plants found in bog areas

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    • Peat on Wikipedia .


    • pate, pâté, Peta, PETA, tape

Explanation of peat by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. partially carbonized vegetable matter saturated with water

    Definition of peat by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Peat ( pēt ), n. [Cf. Pet a fondling.] A small person; a pet; -- sometimes used contemptuously. [Obs.] Shak.

    2. Peat, n. [Prob. for beat, prop., material used to make the fire burn better, fr. AS. bētan to better, mend ( a fire ), bōt advantage. See Better, Boot advantage.] A substance of vegetable origin, consisting of roots and fibers, moss, etc., in various stages of decomposition, and found, as a kind of turf or bog, usually in low situations, where it is always more or less saturated with water. It is often dried and used for fuel.

      Peat bog, a bog containing peat; also, peat as it occurs in such places; peat moss. -- Peat moss. The plants which, when decomposed, become peat. A fen producing peat. ( Bot. ) Moss of the genus Sphagnum, which often grows abundantly in boggy or peaty places. -- Peat reek, the reek or smoke of peat; hence, also, the peculiar flavor given to whisky by being distilled with peat as fuel. [Scot.]