Peat



[peet] /pit/

noun
1.
a highly organic material found in marshy or damp regions, composed of partially decayed vegetable matter: it is cut and dried for use as fuel.
2.
such vegetable matter used as fertilizer or fuel.
[peet] /pit/
noun, Obsolete.
1.
a merry young girl; darling (used as a term of endearment).
/piːt/
noun
1.

2.
a piece of dried peat for use as fuel
/piːt/
noun
1.
(archaic, derogatory) a person, esp a woman
2.
(obsolete) a term of endearment for a girl or woman
n.

c.1200, in Scottish Latin, of unknown origin, probably from a Celtic root *pett- (cf. Cornish peyth, Welsh peth “quantity, part, thing,” Old Irish pet, Breton pez “piece”). The earliest sense is not of the turf but of the cut piece of it, and the Celtic root may be connected to that of piece.
peat
(pēt)
Partially decayed vegetable matter, especially peat moss, found in bogs. The low levels of oxygen and the acidic environment in bogs prevent the degradation of peat. Peat is burned as fuel and also used as fertilizer. See more at bog.

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  • Peat-bog

    noun 1. a swamp in which peat has accumulated. peat bog See under bog.

  • Peatier

    [pee-tee] /ˈpi ti/ adjective, peatier, peatiest. 1. of, pertaining to, resembling, or containing the substance . adj. 1765, from peat + -y (2). Related: Peatiness.



  • Peatland

    [peet-land] /ˈpitˌlænd/ noun 1. an extensive tract of land where has formed. /ˈpiːtˌlænd/ noun 1. an area of land consisting of peat bogs, usually containing many species of flora and fauna

  • Peat-moss

    noun 1. Also called bog moss. any moss, especially of the genus Sphagnum, from which peat may form. 2. such moss after it has been dried, used chiefly as a mulch or seedbed, for acidification. noun 1. any of various mosses, esp sphagnum, that grow in wet places in dense masses and decay to form […]



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