Ground"nut` (?), n. Bot.
The fruit of the Arachis hypogaea (native country uncertain); the peanut; the earthnut.
A leguminous, twining plant (Apios tuberosa), producing clusters of dark purple flowers and having a root tuberous and pleasant to the taste.
The dwarf ginseng (Aralia trifolia). [U. S.] Gray.
A European plant of the genus Bunium (B. flexuosum) having an edible root of a globular shape and sweet, aromatic taste; -- called also earthnut, earth chestnut, hawknut, and pignut.
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