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noun wal·nut \ˈwl-(ˌ)nət\

: a type of tree that produces large nuts which can be eaten

: the nut of a walnut tree

: the wood of a walnut tree

Full Definition of WALNUT

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
:  a moderate reddish brown

Examples of WALNUT

  1. The banana bread has walnuts in it.
  2. The recipe calls for a cup of chopped walnuts.
  3. a table made of walnut

Origin of WALNUT

Middle English walnot, from Old English wealhhnutu, literally, foreign nut, from Wealh Welshman, foreigner + hnutu nut — more at welsh, nut
First Known Use: before 12th century


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noun wal·nut \ˈwl-ˌnət\

Definition of WALNUT for Kids

:  a wrinkled edible nut that comes from a tall tree with hard strong wood

Word History of WALNUT

Walnut trees grew in southern Europe for a long time before they were grown in England. As a result the English gave the walnut a name which showed plainly that it was not an English nut. The Old English name for this southern nut was wealhhnutu, from wealh, foreigner, and hnutu, nut. The modern English word walnut comes from the Old English name.


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