peanut
I. noun Date: 1802 1. a low-branching widely cultivated annual herb (Arachis hypogaea) of the legume family with showy yellow flowers having a peduncle which elongates and bends into the soil where the ovary ripens into a pod containing one to three oily edible seeds; also its seed or seed-containing pod 2. an insignificant or tiny person 3. plural a trifling amount 4. a pellet usually made of polystyrene foam that is used especially as packing material II. adjective Date: 1836 insignificant, petty <
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  • peanut — ou pinotte n. f. (Québec) Fam. d1./d Cacahuète. d2./d Fig. Chose, quantité peu importante. C est une peanut à faire! || Loc. Ne pas valoir une peanut: avoir peu de valeur. || (Souvent au Plur.) Somme d argent dérisoire. Travailler pour des… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • peanut — 1807, earlier ground nut, ground pea (1769). The plant is native to S.America. Portuguese traders took peanuts from Brazil and Peru to Africa by 1502 and it is known to have been cultivated in Chekiang Province in China by 1573, probably arriving …   Etymology dictionary

  • Peanut — Pea nut, n. (Bot.) The fruit of a trailing leguminous plant ({Arachis hypog[ae]a}); also, the plant itself, which is widely cultivated for its fruit. [1913 Webster] Note: The fruit is a hard pod, usually containing two or three seeds, sometimes… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • peanut — ► NOUN 1) the oval edible seed of a plant native to South America, whose seeds develop in underground pods. 2) (peanuts) informal a paltry sum of money …   English terms dictionary

  • peanut — ☆ peanut [pē′nut΄, pē′nət ] n. [ PEA + NUT] 1. a spreading, annual vine (Arachis hypogaea) of the pea family, with yellow flowers and brittle pods ripening underground and containing one to three edible seeds 2. the pod or any of its seeds 3. [pl …   English World dictionary

  • Peanut — For other uses, see Peanut (disambiguation). Peanut Scientific classification Kingdom: Plantae (unranked) …   Wikipedia

  • peanut — /pee nut , neuht/, n. 1. the pod or the enclosed edible seed of the plant, Arachis hypogaea, of the legume family: the pod is forced underground in growing, where it ripens. 2. the plant itself. 3. any small or insignificant person or thing. 4.… …   Universalium

  • peanut — UK [ˈpiːˌnʌt] / US [ˈpɪˌnʌt] noun [countable] Word forms peanut : singular peanut plural peanuts a) a type of nut that grows under the ground inside a thin shell and that can be eaten b) containing or made with peanuts peanut sauce/oil …   English dictionary

  • peanut — pea·nut (peґnut) 1. Arachis hypogaea. 2. the edible tuber of A. hypogaea, the source of peanut oil …   Medical dictionary

  • peanut — noun Peanut is used before these nouns: ↑allergy, ↑butter, ↑farmer, ↑oil, ↑sauce, ↑shell …   Collocations dictionary

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