Groundnut and Peanut

Groundnut

Groundnut can mean:

groundnut n 1: a North American vine with fragrant blossoms and edible tubers; important food crop of Native Americans [syn: {groundnut vine}, {Indian potato}, {potato bean}, {wild bean}, {Apios americana}, {Apios tuberosa}] 2: nutlike tuber; important food of Native Americans [syn: {potato bean}, {wild bean}] 3: pod of the peanut vine containing usually 2 nuts or seeds; `groundnut' and `monkey nut' are British terms [syn: {peanut}, {earthnut}, {goober}, {goober pea}, {monkey nut}]

Peanut \Pea"nut\, n. (Bot.) The fruit of a trailing leguminous plant ({Arachis hypog[ae]a}); also, the plant itself, which is widely cultivated for its fruit. [1913 Webster] Note: The fruit is a hard pod, usually containing two or three seeds, sometimes but one, which ripen beneath the soil. Called also {earthnut}, {groundnut}, and {goober}. [1913 Webster]

Groundnut \Ground"nut`\ (ground"n[u^]t`), n. (Bot.) (a) The fruit of the {Arachis hypog[ae]a} (native country uncertain); the peanut; the earthnut. (b) A leguminous, twining plant ({Apios tuberosa}), producing clusters of dark purple flowers and having a root tuberous and pleasant to the taste. (c) The dwarf ginseng ({Aralia trifolia}). [U. S.] --Gray. (d) A European plant of the genus {Bunium} ({B. flexuosum}), having an edible root of a globular shape and sweet, aromatic taste; -- called also {earthnut}, {earth chestnut}, {hawknut}, and {pignut}. [1913 Webster]

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Peanut

The peanut, or groundnut (Arachis hypogaea), is a species in the legume or "bean" family (Fabaceae). The peanut was probably first domesticated and cultivated in the valleys of Paraguay.

peanut adj : of little importance or influence or power; of minor status; "a minor, insignificant bureaucrat"; "peanut politicians" [syn: {insignificant}] n 1: underground pod of the peanut vine 2: widely cultivated American plant cultivated in tropical and warm regions; showy yellow flowers on stalks that bend over to the soil so that seed pods ripen underground [syn: {peanut vine}, {Arachis hypogaea}] 3: a young child who is small for his age 4: pod of the peanut vine containing usually 2 nuts or seeds; `groundnut' and `monkey nut' are British terms [syn: {earthnut}, {goober}, {goober pea}, {groundnut}, {monkey nut}]

30 Moby Thesaurus words for "peanut": Brazil nut, Mickey Mouse, almond, almond paste, amande, amande douce, amandes mondees, bitter almond, blanched almonds, burnt almond, goober, goober pea, ground-pea, groundnut, inconsequential, kernel, measly, meat, nigger toe, noisette, noix, nut, paltry, peanut butter, picayune, piddling, puny, salted peanuts, small, sweet almond

Peanut \Pea"nut\, n. (Bot.) The fruit of a trailing leguminous plant ({Arachis hypog[ae]a}); also, the plant itself, which is widely cultivated for its fruit. [1913 Webster] Note: The fruit is a hard pod, usually containing two or three seeds, sometimes but one, which ripen beneath the soil. Called also {earthnut}, {groundnut}, and {goober}. [1913 Webster]

Data Sources:

  • groundnut: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • groundnut: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • groundnut: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • peanut: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • peanut: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • peanut: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44

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