from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The lengthwise groove in certain boring tools such as augers.
  • noun The socket for holding the bit in a boring tool.
  • noun A dehiscent fruit of a leguminous plant such as the pea, splitting along two sides.
  • noun A dry, several-seeded, dehiscent fruit.
  • noun Zoology An egg case of certain insects, especially a locust or other orthopteran.
  • noun Geology An deposit of rock or sediment that is much longer than it is wide.
  • noun A casing or housing forming part of a vehicle, as.
  • noun A streamlined external housing that encloses engines, machine guns, or fuel.
  • noun A detachable compartment on a spacecraft for carrying personnel or instrumentation.
  • noun Something resembling a pod, as in compactness.
  • intransitive verb To bear or produce pods.
  • intransitive verb To expand or swell like a pod.
  • intransitive verb To remove (seeds) from a pod.
  • noun A group of marine mammals, such as whales, or of certain other animals, such as hippopotamuses.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To swell and assume the appearance of a pod.
  • To produce pods.
  • To drive seals or walruses into a pod or bunch for the purpose of clubbing them.
  • noun . The blade of a cricket-bat.
  • To assemble in small bands: specifically applied to the pups, or young, of the fur-seal.
  • noun In botany, a more or less elongated cylindrical or flatfish seed-vessel, as of the pea, bean, catalpa, etc.; technically, a legume or silicle, but applied commonly to any dry dehiscent (mostly)sever-al-seeded pericarp, whether of one carpel (follicle, leg ume)or of several (capsule). See cuts under Arachis, balloon-vine, circumscissile, Crueiferæ, divi-divi, and Eriodendron.
  • noun The straight channel or groove in the body of certain forms of augers and boring-bits.
  • noun The pike when nearly full-grown.
  • noun A school or shoal, as of fishes or whales; a group or number, as of seals or walruses.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb To swell; to fill; also, to produce pods.
  • noun Obs. or Prov. Eng. A bag; a pouch.
  • noun (Bot.) A capsule of plant, especially a legume; a dry dehiscent fruit. See Illust. of Angiospermous.
  • noun (Zoöl.) A considerable number of animals closely clustered together; -- said of seals.
  • noun an auger or bit the channel of which is straight instead of twisted.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A group of whales, dolphins, porpoises or hippopotami.
  • noun botany a seed case for legumes (e.g. peas, beans, peppers)
  • noun a small vehicle, especially used in emergency situations
  • verb intransitive To bear or produce pods
  • verb transitive To remove peas from their case.
  • verb intransitive To swell or fill.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb produce pods, of plants
  • noun a several-seeded dehiscent fruit as e.g. of a leguminous plant
  • noun a detachable container of fuel on an airplane
  • verb take something out of its shell or pod
  • noun the vessel that contains the seeds of a plant (not the seeds themselves)
  • noun a group of aquatic mammals


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Origin unknown.]

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Origin unknown.]

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Origin unknown.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English *pod ("seed-pod, husk, shell"), from Old English pād ("an outer garment, covering, coat, cloak"), from Proto-Germanic *paidō (“coat, smock, shirt”), from Proto-Indo-European *baitā- (“woolen clothes”). Cognate with Old Saxon pēda ("skirt"), German dialectal Pfeid, Pfeit ("shirt"), Gothic  (paida, "mantle, skirt"), Ancient Greek  (báitā, "goat-skin, fur-coat or tent").

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From a special use of Etymology 1. See above.


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