American chestnut


: chestnut sense 1b(1)
The new fungus does not harm the trees, so it now seems possible that the American chestnut, which once accounted for three out of every four trees in the Appalachians, will rise again.John P. Wiley, Jr., Smithsonian, August 1986

Word History

First Known Use

1785, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of American chestnut was in 1785

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“American chestnut.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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