Definition of peanut in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpiːnʌt/


1The oval seed of a tropical South American plant, often roasted and salted and eaten as a snack or used to make oil or animal feed: a bag of dry-roasted peanuts
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  • In western countries they are most familiar as roasted or salted peanuts, or in peanut butter or incorporated in confectionery.
  • Rich in essential fatty acids and protein, it also contains organic dry roasted Valencia peanuts and sea salt.
  • How she loved to crunch them; dry roasted peanuts, macadamias, cashews, pistachios, walnuts and Brazils.
2The plant of the pea family that bears peanuts, which develop in pods that ripen underground.
  • Arachis hypogaea, family Leguminosae.
Example sentences
  • Yucca, plantain, peanuts, sweet potatoes, and sugarcane are grown, as well as medicinal herbs.
  • He encouraged farmers to try new crops, like peanuts, cowpeas and sweet potatoes, and to try new rotations, better cultural practices and more appropriate machinery.
  • They grow several staple crops, including manioc root, sweet potatoes, sugar cane, peanuts, and plantains.
3 (peanuts) informal A very small or inadequate sum of money: he pays peanuts
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  • Whatever the extra cost on top of the original £4.1 million budget, it would be money worth spending and peanuts compared to the potential cost to the York economy of nine more months of traffic chaos.
  • These corruption charges amount to an amount of money that's peanuts compared to the corruption that went on before him.
  • Harper's gas tax plan will cost peanuts and save Canadians pennies but it's something everyone can relate to with soaring gas prices.
4 (peanuts) Small pieces of styrofoam used as packing material.
Example sentences
  • My things were still enclosed in hundreds of packing boxes, and I eyed the Styrofoam peanuts peeking out of them with happiness.
  • Giggling with delight, he fished through the styrofoam peanuts and retrieved a length of silk, folded about three inches wide and almost two feet long, then tied with a ribbon.
  • The big shopping services also create a new and significant waste stream of cardboard boxes and styrofoam packing peanuts.

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