- 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.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- 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
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Origin: Middle English pete, perhaps from Medieval Latin peta.
- peatˈy adjective
peat - Science Definition
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