almond

noun
al·​mond | \ˈä-mənd, ˈa-, ˈäl-, ˈal- \

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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The Fluffiest Royal Icing Makes about five cups, enough for about five dozen small cookies 1/3 cup meringue powder 2/3 cup warm water 7 ½ cups powdered sugar 1 tablespoon vanilla extract, or other flavoring, like coconut or almond extracts 1. Alison Roman, The Seattle Times, "‘We are all connected by cookies’: A tribe with a bond stronger than royal icing," 12 Dec. 2018 Decorate roof: Attach sliced almonds to roof pieces with royal icing. Taylor Murray, Country Living, "Gingerbread Barn," 19 Nov. 2018 If just almonds aren't enough for you, try adding one or two other nuts, like hazelnuts or pecans. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "How to Make Nut Butter With Any Kind of Nut," 9 Nov. 2018 The 51-year-old Denham had depicted Harder as a liberal, Silicon Valley insider whose values were more closely aligned with House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi than a district known for producing cherries and almonds. Michael R. Blood, The Seattle Times, "Democrat Harder upsets California GOP US Rep. Denham," 14 Nov. 2018 How to Have a Perfect Day in Singapore Pick up almond croissants and flat whites from Tiong Bahru Bakery and have a picnic in the Singapore Botanic Gardens . Laura Dannen Redman, Condé Nast Traveler, "What to Do in Singapore: The (Mini) Black Book," 14 Nov. 2018 And here an almond bar which is keto, paleo, and low glycemic-inspired. Dani Deahl, The Verge, "What’s In Your Bag, R3hab?," 5 Oct. 2018 Even almond milk, once touted as a cruelty-free alternative to dairy, can have disastrous effects on the environment because of the water needed to produce it. Gaby Del Valle, Vox, "The owner of a Maine lobster pound is sedating her lobsters with marijuana before killing them.," 19 Sep. 2018 In a large bowl, combine chicken, ¾ cup mayonnaise, 1 cup thinly sliced celery, ½ cup toasted sliced almonds and 1 teaspoon kosher salt. Eleanore Park, WSJ, "Recipes From the Golden Age of the Luncheon," 12 Sep. 2018

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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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almond

noun

English Language Learners Definition of almond

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

almond

noun
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

almond

noun
al·​mond | \ˈäm-ənd, ˈam-; ˈäl-mənd, ˈal- \

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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