peanut

A peanut is a plant that grows pods containing seeds that are also known as peanuts. You may think of peanuts as nuts, but they're actually legumes.

Despite the deceptive name peanut, this plant is more closely related to peas than it is to almonds and hazelnuts. Peanuts are an important food crop around the world, in the form of oil, flour, peanut butter, and roasted, whole peanuts. Peanuts were originally called "ground nuts," and despite their popularity, they're also known for being inexpensive — thus peanuts also informally means "a very small amount of money."

Definitions of peanut
  1. noun
    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
    synonyms: Arachis hypogaea, peanut vine
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    type of:
    legume, leguminous plant
    an erect or climbing bean or pea plant of the family Leguminosae
  2. noun
    underground pod of the peanut vine
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    type of:
    pod, seedpod
    a several-seeded dehiscent fruit as e.g. of a leguminous plant
  3. noun
    pod of the peanut vine containing usually 2 nuts or seeds; `groundnut' and `monkey nut' are British terms
    synonyms: earthnut, goober, goober pea, groundnut, monkey nut
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    type of:
    edible nut
    a hard-shelled seed consisting of an edible kernel or meat enclosed in a woody or leathery shell
  4. noun
    a young child who is small for his age
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    type of:
    child, fry, kid, minor, nestling, nipper, shaver, small fry, tiddler, tike, tyke, youngster
    a young person of either sex
  5. adjective
    of little importance or influence or power; of minor status
    peanut politicians”
    synonyms: insignificant
    minor
    of lesser importance or stature or rank
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