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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In addition to the winning cake, the couple’s reception in Puglia, Italy, also featured a sweet buffet with 16 (!) different Italian desserts like almond cake, fruit tarts and pistachio ice cream with olive oil. Mackenzie Schmidt,, "Frosting Face-Off! See the Unusual Way Property Brothers Star Drew Scott Chose His Wedding Cake," 25 June 2018 The menu, posted on wall boards, features items such The Gentilly, (house sweet cream, blueberries, strawberries and cream cheese, topped with sweet glaze, almond cake and whipped cream). Kim Chatelain,, "Sweet Rolls - rolled ice cream - rolls into St. Tammany," 18 May 2018 Sprinkle with almonds, then sprinkle everything with the remaining 1 tablespoon of sugar. Maya Wilson, Anchorage Daily News, "This rhubarb almond coffee cake is a treat fit for any Alaska summer soiree," 21 June 2018 Combine your perfect watermelon with almonds and mint for a light, refreshing snack. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "Here's How to Pick a Perfect Melon Every Time," 31 May 2018 For example, rice milk, coconut milk and almond milk provide minimal amounts of protein. Lisa Drayer, CNN, "Got alt-milk? How plant-based alternatives compare," 31 May 2018 The oil is traditional in Moroccan cuisine, especially in a dip or spread called amlou, where it's mixed with ground roasted almonds and honey. Julia Thiel, Chicago Reader, "Food & Drink / Key Ingredient Jimmy Papadopoulos of Bellemore poaches fish in the world's most expensive edible oil," 18 May 2018 My strawberry salad was practically super-food, dotted with almonds and juicy strawberries and goat cheese. Polly Campbell,, "Jeff Ruby culinary experience: Menus beyond steaks," 8 May 2018 Add almond extract and the seeds of one vanilla bean. Rochelle Riley, Detroit Free Press, "Five finalists vie for 'Best Cupcake Ever' in contest to support literacy," 22 Apr. 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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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, 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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