1. [syn: bog, peat bog]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Peat \Peat\, n. [Prob. for beat, prop., material used to make
the fire burn better, fr. AS. b[=e]tan to better, mend (a
fire), b[=o]t advantage. See Better, Boot advantage.]
A substance of vegetable origin, consisting of roots and
fibers, moss, etc., in various stages of decomposition, and
found, as a kind of turf or bog, usually in low situations,
where it is always more or less saturated with water. It is
often dried and used for fuel.
Peat bog, a bog containing peat; also, peat as it occurs in
such places; peat moss.
(a) The plants which, when decomposed, become peat.
(b) A fen producing peat.
(c) (Bot.) Moss of the genus Sphagnum, which often grows
abundantly in boggy or peaty places.
Peat reek, the reek or smoke of peat; hence, also, the
peculiar flavor given to whisky by being distilled with
peat as fuel. [Scot.]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: wet spongy ground of decomposing vegetation; has poorer
drainage than a swamp; soil is unfit for cultivation but
can be cut and dried and used for fuel [syn: bog, peat