Definition of peat in English:


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Pronunciation: /piːt


[mass noun]
1A brown material consisting of partly decomposed vegetable matter forming a deposit on acidic, boggy, ground, which is dried for use in gardening and as fuel: mulch plants with leaf mould or peat [as modifier]: a peat bog
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  • Potting soil contains rich organic material such as peat and various composted barks.
  • The route meanders up, over the rocks and then more peat bog.
  • Dig materials such as straw, peat, compost, and leaves into the soil, or lay them on as mulch.
1.1 [count noun] (usually peats) A cut piece of peat: he reached forward to add a couple of peats to the fire
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  • Even the locals who do cut the peats are mostly just doing it to have a big fire at New Year.
  • Back into the sitting room they pulled the peats out of the fire and carried them outside on a shovel.
  • I have written about peat-cutting, drying, stacking and burning for different jobs, but last week I learned of a method of stacking peats that I had never heard of before.


Middle English: from Anglo-Latin peta, perhaps of Celtic origin.



adjective (peatier, peatiest)
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  • And then the path, quite rough and peaty, curves to a sandy beach with a view that's a treat - across the water, half a mile straight to the dam.
  • It grows in abundance on the peaty moors of Scotland.
  • Some years ago, while trekking over the peaty moorland of the Western Isles, I stumbled upon it quite by accident.

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