al·​mond | \ ˈä-mənd How to pronounce almond (audio) , ˈa- How to pronounce almond (audio) , ˈäl- How to pronounce almond (audio) , 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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Recent Examples on the Web Beat in vanilla and almond extract until incorporated. People Staff,, 31 July 2022 Roses, cherry and almond waft out of the glass, then followed on the palate with a bright cherry-forward flavor profile. Lana Bortolot, Forbes, 31 July 2022 Somewhere along the way, her style council pointed out that a shiny almond-toe platform was perhaps not the most polished option for a royal standing shoulder to shoulder with global figureheads. Alice Newbold, Vogue, 27 July 2022 This grain-, gluten-, dairy- and soy-free, healthy sourdough bread is made from a combination of eggs, cashew butter, probiotic-rich sauerkraut and a hearty mix of flax, psyllium husk and almond flour. Amy Fischer Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, 25 July 2022 With top notes of pink, pepper, almond and orange; middle notes of ginger, hazelnut and cypriol; and base notes of vanilla, tree moss and amber, this fragrance has freshness in spades balanced by the warming qualities of amber and vanilla. Justin Fenner, Robb Report, 19 July 2022 This creamy almond paste is a favorite of BA staffers who never remember to buy enough nut milk. Megan Wahn, Bon Appétit, 13 July 2022 Back was thrilled to end up pitching all of her almond and beef jerky products. Beth Mlady, cleveland, 8 July 2022 The powerhouse almond industry is in a pickle: About 1.3 billion pounds of unsold almonds are still sitting in piles at processing and packing facilities. Justin Raystaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 6 July 2022 See More

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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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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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