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common name for several different genera of twining herbaceous, leguminous plants with geocarpie (underground fruits), chiefly the peanutpeanut,
name for a low, annual leguminous plant (Arachis hypogaea) of the family Leguminosae (pulse family) and for its edible seeds. Native to South America and cultivated there for millenia, it is said to have been introduced to Africa by early explorers, and Africans
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. Groundnuts are classified in the division MagnoliophytaMagnoliophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of those organisms commonly called the flowering plants, or angiosperms. The angiosperms have leaves, stems, and roots, and vascular, or conducting, tissue (xylem and phloem).
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, class Magnoliopsida, order Rosales, family Leguminosae.
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groundnut

(not the same as other plants called “groundnut”) A vine with edible beans and tuberous roots. red/brown/purple flowers. One of the most popular edible plant foods of North American indians. Very high in starch and protein (3x more than potatoes). Very popular steamed, roasted, boiled etc. Sometimes there are entire strings of potato-like bulges growing along a root or stem, like a beaded necklace.

groundnut

1. a North American climbing leguminous plant, Apios tuberosa, with fragrant brown flowers and small edible underground tubers
2. the tuber of this plant
3. any of several other plants having underground nutlike parts
4. Brit another name for peanut
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Caramel-coated pecans fill a ground-nut crust to make an ultrarich version of pecan pie.