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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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Recent Examples on the Web Her breakfast smoothie of choice tends to include classic ingredients like bananas, blueberries, lemons, oats, and almond milk. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Is Exactly What Vanessa Kirby Eats in a Day," 19 Nov. 2020 Curry powder gives the almond streusel a pleasant savory quality. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "Thacher & Rye, Bryan Voltaggio’s new restaurant, is designed with the pandemic in mind," 13 Nov. 2020 Gradually fold in the almond flour, flour and salt, taking care not to over-mix. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Here’s What to Bake So You Stop Election Day Doomscrolling," 3 Nov. 2020 On Fennell: Chanel jacket ($5,650), dress ($5,100), belt ($2,300), earrings ($1,550), and bracelets ($2,625 each); try Dior 5 Couleurs couture eyeshadow in soft cashmere ($62) and Dior Lip Tattoo in natural almond ($30), Elizabeth Holmes, Town & Country, "A Royally Candid Interview with The Crown's Emma Corrin, Josh O'Connor, and Emerald Fennell," 21 Oct. 2020 This work and the almond pollination each represent about a third of their business. Star Tribune, "'Crazy' beekeepers determined to make it in tough times," 19 Oct. 2020 His current favorite is the Waters Edge Almond Sparkling, a specialty wine that mixes bubbles with a light hint of almond. Dahlia Ghabour, The Courier-Journal, "Black-owned franchise of Waters Edge Winery to open its first Kentucky location," 9 Sep. 2020 And Jose Hernandez, the most recent astronaut to run for Congress, lost to an almond farmer in California in 2012. Daniel Oberhaus, Wired, "Mark Kelly’s Been To Space. Can He Make it to Capitol Hill?," 26 Oct. 2020 Then add ⅔ cup plain almond milk and mix until fully incorporated. Ying Chu, Marie Claire, "Beauty Inside and Out: Ovenly's Agatha Kulaga," 13 Oct. 2020

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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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Cite this Entry

“Almond.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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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


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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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