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Walnut definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

WALNUT, n. A tree and its fruit, of the genus Juglans. The black walnut, so called, grows in America, and is indigenous in the southern and middle states, as far north as the Hudson. That is said to be the limit of tis indigenous growth, gut when transplanted, it grows well in the eastern states. In America there are several species of hickory nut, called by this name.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: nut of any of various walnut trees having a wrinkled two- lobed seed with a hard shell
2: hard dark-brown wood of any of various walnut trees; used especially for furniture and paneling
3: any of various trees of the genus Juglans [syn: walnut, walnut tree]

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: Middle English walnot, from Old English wealhhnutu, literally, foreign nut, from Wealh Welshman, foreigner + hnutu nut more at welsh, nut Date: before 12th century 1. a. the furrowed nut of any of a genus (Juglans of the family Juglandaceae, the walnut family) of deciduous trees; especially the large edible nut of an English walnut b. a tree that bears walnuts c. the wood of a walnut that is often used for cabinetmaking and veneers 2. a moderate reddish brown

Merriam Webster's

geographical name city SW California E of Los Angeles population 30,004

Britannica Concise

Any of about 20 species of deciduous trees in the genus Juglans, family Juglandaceae. Black walnut (J. nigra) of E N. America and English, or Persian, walnut (J. regia), native to Iran, are valuable timber trees that produce edible nuts. The butternut (J. cinerea) of E N. America also produces an edible nut. The walnut family contains an additional seven genera of flowering plants, found mainly in the N temperate zone in a variety of habitats. Pecan and hickory are among the many family members that are prized for both their edible nuts and their strong, attractive woods, especially noted for their grain patterns and luster. Leaves of the walnut family are featherlike; tiny, resinous scales that look like yellow dots on the undersurface of the leaflets give Juglans species a pungent aroma.

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 any tree of the genus Juglans, having aromatic leaves and drooping catkins. 2 the nut of this tree containing an edible kernel in two half shells shaped like boats. 3 the timber of the walnut-tree used in cabinet-making. Etymology: OE walh-hnutu f. Gmc NUT

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Walnut Wal"nut, n. [OE. walnot, AS. wealh-hnutu a Welsh or foreign nut, a walnut; wealh foreign, strange, n., a Welshman, Celt (akin to OHG. Walh, properly, a Celt, from the name of a Celtic tribe, in L. Volcae) + hnutu a nut; akin to D. walnoot, G. walnuss, Icel. valhnot, Sw. valn["o]t, Dan valn["o]d. See Nut, and cf. Welsh.] (Bot.) The fruit or nut of any tree of the genus Juglans; also, the tree, and its timber. The seven or eight known species are all natives of the north temperate zone.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Note: In some parts of America, especially in New England, the name walnut is given to several species of hickory (Carya), and their fruit. Ash-leaved walnut, a tree (Juglans fraxinifolia), native in Transcaucasia. Black walnut, a North American tree (J. nigra) valuable for its purplish brown wood, which is extensively used in cabinetwork and for gunstocks. The nuts are thick-shelled, and nearly globular. English, or European, walnut, a tree (J. regia), native of Asia from the Caucasus to Japan, valuable for its timber and for its excellent nuts, which are also called Madeira nuts. Walnut brown, a deep warm brown color, like that of the heartwood of the black walnut. Walnut oil, oil extracted from walnut meats. It is used in cooking, making soap, etc. White walnut, a North American tree (J. cinerea), bearing long, oval, thick-shelled, oily nuts, commonly called butternuts. See Butternut.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(walnuts) 1. Walnuts are edible nuts which have a wrinkled shape and a hard round shell that is light brown in colour. ...chopped walnuts. N-VAR 2. A walnut tree or a walnut is a tree on which walnuts grow. N-VAR Walnut is the wood of this tree. ...a handsome walnut desk.



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