butternut

2 ENTRIES FOUND:

but·ter·nut

noun \-ˌnət\

Definition of BUTTERNUT

1
:  an eastern North American tree (Juglans cinerea) of the walnut family with sweet egg-shaped nuts and light brown wood —called also white walnut
2
a :  a light yellowish brown
b plural :  homespun overalls dyed brown with a butternut extract
c :  a soldier or partisan of the Confederacy during the American Civil War

First Known Use of BUTTERNUT

1741

butternut

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Deciduous nut-producing tree (Juglans cinerea) of the walnut family, native to eastern North America. A mature tree has gray, deeply furrowed bark. Each leaf has 11–17 yellowish green leaflets that are hairy underneath. Chocolate-coloured partitions divide the pith of the twig into many chambers. The egg-shaped fruit has a sticky, greenish brown husk. The hard, woody nut bears many ridges and contains a sweet, oily seed. The tree is economically important for its edible nuts and for a yellow or orange dye obtained from the fruit husks. Some substances in the inner bark of the roots are used in medicines.

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