• WordNet 3.6
    • v pod produce pods, of plants
    • v pod take something out of its shell or pod "pod peas or beans"
    • n pod a detachable container of fuel on an airplane
    • n pod a group of aquatic mammals
    • n pod a several-seeded dehiscent fruit as e.g. of a leguminous plant
    • n pod the vessel that contains the seeds of a plant (not the seeds themselves)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Vanilla is the extract of fermented and dried pods of several species of orchids.
    • Pod A bag; a pouch.
    • Pod (Bot) A capsule of plant, especially a legume; a dry dehiscent fruit. See Illust. of Angiospermous.
    • Pod (Zoöl) A considerable number of animals closely clustered together; -- said of seals.
    • v. i Pod To swell; to fill; also, to produce pods.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Fish travel in schools, whales travel in pods or gams.
    • n pod In botany, a more or less elongated cylindrical or flatfish seed-vessel, as of the pea, bean, catalpa, etc.; technically, a legume or silicle, but applied commonly to any dry dehiscent (mostly)sever-al-seeded pericarp, whether of one carpel (follicle, leg ume)or of several (capsule). See cuts under Arachis, balloon-vine, circumscissile, Crueiferæ, divi-divi, and Eriodendron.
    • n pod The straight channel or groove in the body of certain forms of augers and boring-bits.
    • n pod The pike when nearly full-grown.
    • n pod A school or shoal, as of fishes or whales; a group or number, as of seals or walruses.
    • pod To swell and assume the appearance of a pod.
    • pod To produce pods.
    • pod To drive seals or walruses into a pod or bunch for the purpose of clubbing them.
    • n pod The blade of a cricket-bat.
    • pod To assemble in small bands: specifically applied to the pups, or young, of the fur-seal.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pod pod the covering of the seed of plants, as the pea or bean: a shoal of fishes
    • v.i Pod to fill, as a pod: to produce pods:—pr.p. pod′ding; pa.t. and pa.p. pod′ded
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Two peas in a pod - If things or people are like two peas in a pod, they look very similar or are always together.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Probably akin to pudding, and perhaps the same word as pad, a cushion; cf. also Dan. pude, pillow, cushion, and also E. cod, a husk, pod


In literature:

The seeds are borne in spirally coiled pods.
"Clovers and How to Grow Them" by Thomas Shaw
Rub the warts with the inside of a bean pod, and then throw the pod away.
"Welsh Folk-Lore a Collection of the Folk-Tales and Legends of North Wales" by Elias Owen
The husk, or seed-vessel, is seen in perfect simplicity of type in the pod of a bean, or the globe of a poppy.
"Proserpina, Volume 1" by John Ruskin
They are adepts in extracting the seed from the pods.
"The Wit of a Duck and Other Papers" by John Burroughs
She's to live here, but she's not to sell pepper-pods, or anything else.
"A Jolly Fellowship" by Frank R. Stockton
It belongs to a family of beetles which breed in pods, in seeds, and in stalks of plants.
"Agriculture for Beginners" by Charles William Burkett
Make up 'pods' or nurseries.
"The Boy With the U. S. Fisheries" by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
How I had delighted in the growing, the blowing, the podding!
"Little Masterpieces of American Wit and Humor" by Various
The aquatic gleaners at once waded in; and commenced picking off the pods, and shelling them into their rush baskets.
"The Cliff Climbers" by Captain Mayne Reid
The fruit, I may as well observe, is a pod, and the fibrous substance within it greatly resembles cotton.
"In the Eastern Seas" by W.H.G. Kingston

In poetry:

Then sleep the seasons, full of might;
While slowly swells the pod
And rounds the peach, and in the night
The mushroom bursts the sod.
"The Year" by Coventry Patmore
"And when the millet's ripe heads fall,
And all the bean-field hangs in pod,
My mother smiles, and, says that all
Are gifts from God."
"The Hermit of Thebaid" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Sunflowers wither and lilies die,
Poppies are pods of seeds;
The first red leaves on the pathway lie,
Like blood of a heart that bleeds.
"In Autumn" by Madison Julius Cawein
Weary with the seed pods
Droop the hollyhocks;
Up and down the wide miles,
Corn in shocks;
Silent is the Wheat Mother,
And her merry flocks
"End Of Summer" by John Gneisenau Neihardt
Now with fine fingers, phantom-cold,
Splitting the wahoo's pods of rose, and thin
The bittersweet's balls o' gold,
To show the coal-red berries packed within:
"Under The Hunter’s Moon" by Madison Julius Cawein
The podded hollyhocks,—that Fall
Had stripped of finery,—by the wall
Rustled their tatters; dripped and dripped,
The fog thick on them: near them, all
The tarnished, haglike zinnias tipped.
"Uncertainty" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

"You might be sitting up on deck and hear this whistling sound and it's a pod of dolphins or whales or giant sea turtles," Brbora said.
Says the marketing for Tide Pods, saying the soft, translucent packets are " a detergent, stain fighter, and brightener all in one".
2 Split a vanilla pod and scrape away the seeds, reserving them to use later.
Money Plant flowers and seed pod.
Denali D2s are the most advanced, HIGHEST QUALITY LED light pod you can buy.
Mother rushes toddler to hospital after ingesting pod.
Detergent pods can be dangerous for children.
Of those, just under half were linked to pods.
Kids Mistake Pods for Candy.
She is the food editor, dining blogger, restaurant critic and the newsroom staffer most likely to have food stashed in her work pod.
"The health department would kick into gear and open up an emergency medication dispensing pod site, that's what we call it," Simon said.
Granny pods' could change elder care.
Two California farms are challenging the federal listing of three pods of Salish Sea whales as endangered species.
Thus, they used this pod setup.
Elevation drawing of idea pods by Randy Brown.

In science:

To summarize: 50 pods are needed to cover the u − v plane completely. A two dimensional structure is important to localize emission.
Forecast for Epoch-of-Reionization as viewable by the PrimevAl Structure Telescope (PAST)
Each pod is a large array of phased antennae.
Forecast for Epoch-of-Reionization as viewable by the PrimevAl Structure Telescope (PAST)
Algorithms”, Proc. of Symposium on Principles of Database Systems (PODS), 2001.
A Framework for High-Accuracy Privacy-Preserving Mining
This is a discrete analog of Theorem 1 of [LSV3], claiming that for every m ∈ N and d ≥ 3, the symmetric space PGLd (R)/POd(R) covers m isospectral non-isomorphic Riemannian manifolds.
Isospectral Cayley graphs of some finite simple groups
The restriction of the completely positive map Φ (see Proposition 2.7) to L∞(S 1 \G) is a ∗ -isomorphism Φ0 between the Pod le´s sphere and the Poisson boundary of bG.
Identification of the Poisson and Martin boundaries of orthogonal discrete quantum groups