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Definition of "groundnut" []

  • A climbing vine (Apios americana) of eastern North America, having compound leaves, clusters of fragrant brownish flowers, and small edible tubers. (noun)
  • Any of several plants having underground tubers or nutlike parts. (noun)
  • The tuber or nutlike part of such a plant. (noun)
  • Chiefly British and South Atlantic U.S. A peanut. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "groundnut" in a sentence
  • "It comprises especially agroindustrial by-products (oil cake, beer mash), but also relatively nutritious harvest residues, such as groundnut and nieb straw."
  • "Seeds, such as groundnut, sunflower, cotton and kapok are decorticated."
  • "Seed oils, such as groundnut or peanut oil, maize germ or corn oil, coconut oil, palm kernel oil and soya bean oil; and 2) Fruit oils, especially olive oil, sunflower oil and palm oil."