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[pee-tee] /ˈpi ti/
adjective, peatier, peatiest.
of, pertaining to, resembling, or containing the substance peat.
Origin of peaty
1755-65; peat1 + -y1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The ice on the pond may be solid enough to bear you, but when you step on this peaty edge you go down into the liquid mud beneath.

    Old Plymouth Trails Winthrop Packard
  • And the smell of peaty clothes smote him on the nostril for the first time that day.

    Gilian The Dreamer Neil Munro
  • The absence of the nitrifying organisms in certain soils, such as peaty and forest soils, may be thus accounted for.

  • Then he fell to them again, throwing out the peaty soil with both hands.

    Red Eve H. Rider Haggard
  • One who has played much golf at Trafford describes it as peaty, and I will leave it at that.

  • The soil was peaty with a deep layer of sand and black dust on the top of it.

    13 Days John Alan Lyde Caunter
  • Many are the pleasure-grounds in the south of England and Scotland where the soil is sandy and, perhaps, peaty.

  • Hair found in peat has always a dark-brown colour from impregnation with peaty matter.

  • In these spring days of good cheer he lived at times to sixty days—but only on stony ground or fire-scarred, peaty lowlands.

    The Moccasin Ranch Hamlin Garland
  • The greatest effect is remarked on estates situated on the flat lands of the coastal area where peaty soils are a feature.

Word Origin and History for peaty

1765, from peat + -y (2). Related: Peatiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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