peanut

[pee-nuht, -nuht]
noun
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.
peanuts.
a.
Informal. a very small amount of money: working for peanuts.
b.
Slang. barbiturates.
c.
small pieces of Styrofoam used as a packing material.
adjective
5.
of or pertaining to the peanut or peanuts.
6.
made with or from peanuts.
7.
Informal. small, insignificant, or petty.

Origin:
1790–1800, Americanism; pea1 + nut

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peanut (ˈpiːˌnʌt)
 
n
See also peanuts
 a.  See also hog peanut a leguminous plant, Arachis hypogaea, of tropical America: widely cultivated for its edible seeds. The seed pods are forced underground where they ripen
 b.  goober, goober pea, groundnut, Also called: monkey nut the edible nutlike seed of this plant, used for food and as a source of oil

peanuts (ˈpiːˌnʌts)
 
n
slang a trifling amount of money

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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 with Port. sailors who made stops in Brazil en route to
the Orient. Peanut butter is first attested 1903. Peanut gallery "topmost rows of a theater" is from 1888; peanuts "trivial sum" is from 1934.
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“Peanuts” definition


A popular comic strip drawn by Charles M. Schulz. The world of Peanuts is populated by pint-sized versions of adults: perennial optimist and born loser Charlie Brown; bossy, loud-mouthed Lucy; gentle Linus with his security blanket; Schroeder, the brooding piano player; and many others.

Note: Perhaps the most popular character is the beagle Snoopy, Charlie Brown's dog, who is often accompanied by his feathered friend, Woodstock.
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Example sentences
Chocolate-covered peanuts meet chocolate-coated raisins in this easy and
  addictive candy.
Best with mango sliced on it, with coconut milk and crushed peanuts sprinkled
  over it.
Tenure is one reason why the best and the brightest work for peanuts.
In this country almonds and even peanuts in pesto have their fans.
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