Brazil nut

noun

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

Etymology

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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Brazil%20nut. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

Brazil nut

noun
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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