/errth"nut'/, n.
1. any of various roots, tubers, or underground growths, as the peanut and the truffle.
2. any of the plants producing these.
[bef. 900; ME erthenote, OE eorthnutu. See EARTH, NUT]

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▪ Conopodium majus
also called  Pignut, or Hognut 

      (Conopodium majus), European plant of the carrot family (Apiaceae), so called because of its edible tubers. It grows in woods and fields in the British Isles and from Norway, France, Spain, and Portugal to Italy and Corsica. The slender, smooth perennial, growing 750 mm to 1 m (30 to 39 inches) high, has much-divided leaves and small, white flowers in compound umbels. The tubers, reaching 25 mm (1 inch) in diameter, are more commonly used as food on the Continent than in Britain. The peanut, or groundnut, is sometimes called earthnut.

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  • earthnut — 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,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Earthnut — Earth Nut * Truffle * Peanut * Roots and tubers: ** Lathyrus tuberosus ** Conopodium majus ** Bunium persicum See also * Groundnut Earth Nut Early Europeans called the common potato the Earth Nut when they first tried it …   Wikipedia

  • earthnut — noun /ˈɜː(ɹ)ɵ.nʌt/ a) Any of various roots, tubers, or pods that grow underground b) A tuber belonging to the species of Bunium flexuosum, Carum bulbocastanum, Conopodium denudatum, or Apios tuberosa Syn: earth chestnut, goober, goober pea,… …   Wiktionary

  • earthnut — earth•nut [[t]ˈɜrθˌnʌt[/t]] n. pln any of various roots, tubers, or underground growths, as the peanut or the truffle • Etymology: bef. 900 …   From formal English to slang

  • earthnut — /ˈɜθnʌt/ (say erthnut) noun a slender umbelliferous perennial, Conopodium majus, with an edible underground tuber, of western Europe; pignut …   Australian-English dictionary

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