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

  • n. Partially carbonized vegetable matter, usually mosses, found in bogs and used as fertilizer and fuel.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small person; a pet; -- sometimes used contemptuously.
  • n. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • An obsolete variant of pet.
  • n. Partly decomposed vegetable matter, produced under various conditions of climate and topography, and of considerable importance in certain regions as fuel.
  • n. A small block of peat-bog or -moss, resembling an ordinary brick in shape, cut and dried for fuel.

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

  • n. partially carbonized vegetable matter saturated with water; can be used as a fuel when dried


Middle English pete, perhaps from Medieval Latin peta.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Origin unknown; perhaps a borrowing from an unattested Pictish or Brythonic source. (Wiktionary)



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