Definition of Peanut

1. Noun. Underground pod of the peanut vine.

Terms within: Groundnut Oil, Peanut Oil
Group relationships: Arachis Hypogaea, Peanut Vine
Generic synonyms: Pod, Seedpod

2. Adjective. Of little importance or influence or power; of minor status. "Peanut politicians"
Exact synonyms: Insignificant
Similar to: Minor
Derivative terms: Insignificance

3. 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.
Exact synonyms: Arachis Hypogaea, Peanut Vine
Terms within: Earthnut, Goober, Goober Pea, Groundnut, Monkey Nut
Generic synonyms: Legume, Leguminous Plant
Group relationships: Arachis, Genus Arachis

4. Noun. A young child who is small for his age.

5. Noun. Pod of the peanut vine containing usually 2 nuts or seeds; 'groundnut' and 'monkey nut' are British terms.
Exact synonyms: Earthnut, Goober, Goober Pea, Groundnut, Monkey Nut
Generic synonyms: Edible Nut
Group relationships: Arachis Hypogaea, Peanut Vine

Definition of Peanut

1. n. The fruit of a trailing leguminous plant (Arachis hypogæa); also, the plant itself, which is widely cultivated for its fruit.

Definition of Peanut

1. Noun. A legume resembling a nut, the fruit of the plant ''Arachis hypogaea''. ¹

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Definition of Peanut

1. the nutlike seed or pod of an annual vine [n -S]

Medical Definition of Peanut

1. The fruit of a trailing leguminous plant (Arachis hypogaea); also, the plant itself, which is widely cultivated for its fruit. The fruit is a hard pod, usually containing two or three seeds, sometimes but one, which ripen beneath the soil. Synonym: earthnut, groundnut, and goober. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Peanut

peal out
peameal bacon
peanut (current term)
peanut agglutinin
peanut bar
peanut brittle
peanut galleries
peanut milk
peanut oil
peanut paste
peanut vine
peanut worm

Literary usage of Peanut

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1895)
"peanut CULTURE. THE Office of Experiment Stations of the US Department of Agriculture has reached the 25th number of its Farmers' Bulletin, and Mr. Handy in ..."

2. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1919)
"In Europe the peanut is perhaps best known as ground nut and earth nut. ... peanut INDUSTRY, The. The people of the United States consume upward of $25,- ..."

3. Foods and Their Adulteration: Origin, Manufacture, and Composition of Food by Harvey Washington Wiley (1917)
"peanut oil is obtained from the peanut by the ordinary method of hydraulic ... peanut oil is highly prized as a salad oil either alone or mixed with other ..."

4. Pork-production by William Wesley Smith, Robert Alexander Craig (1920)
"These are peanut oil meal and unhulled peanut oil feed. peanut oil meal is merely the hulled and ground peanut minus most of the oil. ..."

5. Pharmaceutical and Food Analysis: A Manual of Standard Methods for the by Azor Thurston (1922)
"peanut oil, adulterated with cottonseed oil, would have the iodine value raised and would also respond to the Halphen test. Notice of Judgment Number 3327 ..."

6. Food Industries: An Elementary Textbook on the Production and Manufacture of by Hermann Theodore Vulté, Sadie Bird Vanderbilt (1920)
"peanut OIL. peanut oil is extracted from the peanut by the ... peanut oil is also utilized in the making of fine silks as it does not readily turn rancid, ..."

7. The Microscopy of Vegetable Foods: With Special Reference to the Detection by Andrew Lincoln Winton, Josef Moeller, Kate Grace Barber Winton (1916)
"Gaz., 1914 M, 53- peanut. Formerly the peanut (Arachis hypogaea L.) was thought to be a native of the Old World,but more recent investigations indicate that ..."

8. The Encyclopedia of Practical Horticulture: A Reference System of Commercial by Granville Lowther, William Worthington (1914)
"peanut candles are as a rule not adapted to handling in warm weather and should be kept cold after making. During recent years great quantities of shelled ..."

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