in some especially former classifications
: a small genus of Asian trees and shrubs including those plants of the genus Prunus (as the peach and almond) that have numerous stamens, an often velvety exocarp, and a deeply grooved stone

Word History


New Latin, from Late Latin, almond tree, from Greek amygdalos

First Known Use

1754, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Amygdalus was in 1754

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“Amygdalus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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