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 for groundnut
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Groundnut \Ground"nut`\ (ground"n[u^]t`), n. (Bot.)
     (a) The fruit of the Arachis hypog[ae]a (native country
         uncertain); the peanut; the earthnut.
     (b) A leguminous, twining plant ({Apios tuberosa), producing
         clusters of dark purple flowers and having a root
         tuberous and pleasant to the taste.
     (c) The dwarf ginseng ({Aralia trifolia). [U. S.] --Gray.
     Bunium+({B.+flexuosum">(d) 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.
         [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Peanut \Pea"nut\ (p[=e]"n[u^]t), n. (Bot.)
     The fruit of a trailing leguminous plant ({Arachis
     hypog[ae]a); also, the plant itself, which is widely
     cultivated for its fruit.
     [1913 Webster]
  
     Note: The fruit is a hard pod, usually containing two or
           three seeds, sometimes but one, which ripen beneath the
           soil. Called also earthnut, groundnut, and
           goober.
           [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  groundnut
      n 1: a North American vine with fragrant blossoms and edible
           tubers; important food crop of Native Americans [syn:
           groundnut, groundnut vine, Indian potato, potato
           bean, wild bean, Apios americana, Apios tuberosa]
      2: nutlike tuber; important food of Native Americans [syn:
         groundnut, potato bean, wild bean]
      3: pod of the peanut vine containing usually 2 nuts or seeds;
         `groundnut' and `monkey nut' are British terms [syn:
         peanut, earthnut, goober, goober pea, groundnut,
         monkey nut]

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