Definition of Amygdalus

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

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First Known Use of Amygdalus

1754, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Amygdalus

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

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“Amygdalus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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