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Definition of almond

1a : the drupaceous fruit of a small tree (Prunus dulcis synonym P. amygdalus) of the rose family with flowers and young fruit resembling those of the peach especially : its ellipsoidal edible kernel used as a nut
b : any of several similar fruits
2 : a tree that produces almonds

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This nut is seed of a tree in the rose family, native to Southwest Asia. The tree grows somewhat larger and lives longer than the peach. It is strikingly beautiful when in flower. The nuts are either sweet or bitter. Sweet almonds are the edible type consumed as nuts and used in cooking. The extracted oil of bitter almonds is used to make flavoring extracts for foods and liqueurs. Almonds provide small amounts of protein, iron, calcium, phosphorus, and B vitamins, and are high in fat.

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Oats and almond butter and Greek yogurt do more than add richness and flavor — those calories promote satiety. Amy Drew Thompson,, "Good vibes reggae, eats at 3Natives | Review," 12 Sep. 2019 Most of us prefer the natural sweetness of peanut butter to the deep, roasty flavor of almond butter, but both work! Sarah Jampel, Bon Appétit, "That Nut Butter Bar You're Obsessed With Is Easy to Make at Home," 10 Sep. 2019 Smoothies, yogurt bowls and a variety of toasts topped with everything from avocado to almond butter makes for a healthy morning start. Trisha Boyer, USA TODAY, "The SoCal beach towns you shouldn't miss between Los Angeles and San Diego," 27 Aug. 2019 The first sandwich was sweeter, with almond butter and fig jam on cranberry walnut bread. Emily Spicer,, "How to eat a PB&J like an adult — and with a cocktail," 15 Aug. 2019 Signature item: The Heavenly Acai Bowl is $9.95 and includes açaí, banana, strawberry, almond butter, cacao, and housemade cashew milk. Kelly Wei, Dallas News, "When did açai bowls become all the rage, and where should you go in D-FW to find them? Curious Texas explores," 9 Aug. 2019 In separate large microwave-safe bowl, combine almond butter, butter, and 1 cup chocolate chips. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "I See You Halloween Snack Mix," 1 Aug. 2019 The food menu elevates above the muffin-and-bagel fare visitors may expect, with avocado and egg toast that’s an eye-catcher, almond butter and jam toast and a protein energy bowl, all prepared onsite. Steve Zimmerman,, "The new Philz Coffee in Chicago doesn’t do espresso drinks but no one seems to mind," 29 July 2019 The new line, which hits grocery store shelves this week, includes plain Greek yogurt with almond butter, vanilla Greek yogurt with cashew butter, chocolate Greek yogurt with hazelnut butter and others. Danielle Wiener-bronner, CNN, "Chobani hopes nut butters will give yogurt a boost," 15 July 2019

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First Known Use of almond

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for almond

Middle English almande, from Anglo-French alemande from Late Latin amandula, alteration of Latin amygdala, from Greek amygdalē

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English Language Learners Definition of almond

: a nut that has a sweet flavor also : the tree that produces almonds


al·​mond | \ ˈä-mənd, ˈa-\

Kids Definition of almond

: a nut that is the edible kernel of a small tree related to the peach tree


al·​mond | \ ˈäm-ənd How to pronounce almond (audio) , ˈam-; ˈäl-mənd How to pronounce almond (audio) , ˈal- How to pronounce almond (audio) \

Medical Definition of almond

1 : a small tree (Prunus amygdalus) of the rose family with flowers and young fruit resembling those of the peach
2 : the drupaceous fruit of the almond especially : its ellipsoidal edible kernel used as a nut — compare amygdalin

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