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[peet] /pit/
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.
such vegetable matter used as fertilizer or fuel.
Origin of peat1
1300-50; Middle English pete (compare Anglo-Latin peta) < ?


[peet] /pit/
noun, Obsolete
a merry young girl; darling (used as a term of endearment).
1560-70; origin uncertain Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for peat
Historical Examples
  • It has little white flowers tinged with blue or red, and does well on a rockery in half-shade in sand and peat.

    The Book of Bulbs Samuel Arnott
  • He broke the peat with the peat-stick and kicked it into the fire.

  • Equally good results were procured in tests of Florida and Michigan peat operated in the gas producer.

  • There he was in the peat loft when I went for the peats, and he had it all as fine as clerk after passon.

    A Son of Hagar Sir Hall Caine
  • In some pieces of peat have been found plants and insects that still flourish in Britain.

    Ancient Man in Britain Donald A. (Donald Alexander) Mackenzie
  • I say, I will make him eat some part of my leek, or I will peat his pate four days.

    King Henry the Fifth William Shakespeare
  • But when one has a fine red cap with a blue tassel, one is too fine to ride on peat loads, and Anders trotted proudly by.

  • From the peat of lower depths no cellulose could be obtained.

  • From them the Lapps obtain their milk, cheese, peat, and the skin from which a good deal of their clothing is made.

    Norway Beatrix Jungman
  • The place where first the cuckoo sings, Is by the peat pits on the hills.

    Welsh Folk-Lore Elias Owen
British Dictionary definitions for peat


  1. a compact brownish deposit of partially decomposed vegetable matter saturated with water: found in uplands and bogs in temperate and cold regions and used as a fuel (when dried) and as a fertilizer
  2. (as modifier): peat bog
a piece of dried peat for use as fuel
Derived Forms
peaty, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Anglo-Latin peta, perhaps from Celtic; compare Welsh peth thing


(archaic, derogatory) a person, esp a woman
(obsolete) a term of endearment for a girl or woman
Word Origin
C16: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for peat

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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peat in Science
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.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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