Brazil nut


Bra·​zil nut brə-ˈzil- How to pronounce Brazil nut (audio)
: a tall South American tree (Bertholletia excelsa of the family Lecythidaceae) that bears large globular capsules each containing several closely packed roughly triangular oily edible nuts
also : its nut

Word History


Brazil, South America

First Known Use

1808, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Brazil nut was in 1808

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“Brazil nut.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

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Brazil nut

Bra·​zil nut brə-ˌzil- How to pronounce Brazil nut (audio)
: a large 3-sided oily edible nut that occurs packed inside the round fruit of a tall tree of tropical South America

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