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Syllabification: peat
Pronunciation: /pēt

Definition of peat in English:


A brown, soil-like material characteristic of boggy, acid ground, consisting of partly decomposed vegetable matter. It is widely cut and dried for use in gardening and as fuel: cuttings are rooted in a homemade mixture of equal parts peat and sand [as modifier]: most of Lewis is acid peat bog
More example sentences
  • 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.


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



Example sentences
  • 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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