Definition of peat noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//piːt//
; NAmE NAmE//piːt//
[uncountable] Gardening
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a soft black or brown substance formed from decaying plants just under the surface of the ground, especially in cool wet areas. It is burned as a fuel or used to improve garden soil. peat bogs peat extraction a peat fire (= one in which cut pieces of peat are burned) See related entries: Gardening Word OriginMiddle English: from Anglo-Latin peta, perhaps of Celtic origin.Extra examples Dig some peat into the soil before planting. We’ll need a couple of bags of peat for potting the seedlings. a peat bog
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