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Part of speech: noun

Origin: Middle English, 14th century


A brown deposit resembling soil, formed by the partial decomposition of vegetable matter in the wet acidic conditions of bogs and fens, and often cut out and dried for use as fuel and in gardening.

Examples of Peat in a sentence

"Marie wanted to learn how to harvest peat for research purposes."

"Jonas added a couple of pieces of peat to the campfire to keep it going."

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About Peat

This word stems from the Middle English “pete” by way of medieval Latin “peta.” Possibly of Celtic origin.

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According to Merriam-Webster, “peat” can also be a bold, lively woman. However, that form of usage is rarely seen, and its origins are unknown.

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