- Peat is a decayed plant material that takes in moisture, or the name for the dried version of this material when used as fuel.
An example of peat is a material someone may add to his or her garden.
Men digging peat for fuel.
peat definition by Webster's New World
- partly decayed, moisture-absorbing plant matter found in ancient bogs and swamps, used as a plant covering or fuel
- a dried block of this used as fuel
Origin: Middle English pete ; from Midieval Latin peta, piece of turf, probably ; from Celtic an unverified form pett-, piece from source piece, Welsh peth
peat definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Origin: Middle English pete, perhaps from Medieval Latin peta.
- peatˈy adjective
peat - Science Definition