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a. A Eurasian and northern African plant (Conopodium majus) in the parsley family, having tuberous roots that are edible when roasted.
b. The tuber of this plant. Also called pignut.
2. Any of various other plants, such as the peanut, similar to the earthnut.


1. (Plants) Also called: pignut a perennial umbelliferous plant, Conopodium majus, of Europe and Asia, having edible dark brown tubers
2. (Plants) any of various plants having an edible root, tuber, underground pod, or similar part, such as the peanut or truffle



any of various roots, tubers, or underground growths, as the peanut or the truffle.
[before 900]
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Noun1.earthnut - any of various highly prized edible subterranean fungi of the genus Tuberearthnut - any of various highly prized edible subterranean fungi of the genus Tuber; grow naturally in southwestern Europe
genus Tuber, Tuber - type genus of the Tuberaceae: fungi whose fruiting bodies are typically truffles
fungus - an organism of the kingdom Fungi lacking chlorophyll and feeding on organic matter; ranging from unicellular or multicellular organisms to spore-bearing syncytia
2.earthnut - a common European plant having edible tubers with the flavor of roasted chestnuts
herb, herbaceous plant - a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
Conopodium, genus Conopodium - a genus of dicotyledonous plants of the family Umbelliferae
3.earthnut - pod of the peanut vine containing usually 2 nuts or seedsearthnut - pod of the peanut vine containing usually 2 nuts or seeds; `groundnut' and `monkey nut' are British terms
edible nut - a hard-shelled seed consisting of an edible kernel or meat enclosed in a woody or leathery shell
Arachis hypogaea, peanut vine, peanut - widely cultivated American plant cultivated in tropical and warm regions; showy yellow flowers on stalks that bend over to the soil so that seed pods ripen underground
4.earthnut - edible subterranean fungus of the genus Tuberearthnut - edible subterranean fungus of the genus Tuber
veg, vegetable, veggie - edible seeds or roots or stems or leaves or bulbs or tubers or nonsweet fruits of any of numerous herbaceous plant
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Peanuts (Arachis hypogaea L.), also called groundnuts or earthnuts, is known as "The king of oilseeds".
the little nut-shaped bulbous roots of which, called also 'earthnuts,' are liked by both pigs and children." (25) There is another reason as to why sukara-maddava cannot mean "pork." Cunda had invited the Buddha to his house.