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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 Add 1/2 teaspoon almond extract and toss briefly until mixed and looks like couscous. Beth Segal, cleveland, 4 June 2021 Evans asked Harlow, who at this point was sweating, gulping down almond milk and biting on a napkin. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, 2 June 2021 There’s also grapeseed oil to firm and smooth fine lines, sweet almond oil to brighten and lock in moisture, jojoba seed oil to plump and balance oil production, and vitamin E oil for its healing powers. Celia Shatzman, Forbes, 29 May 2021 Against tradition, its beautifully folded, flaky crust contains no eggs or dairy—almond milk and vegetable shortening replace cow’s milk and butter—and its gently spicy filling is made with Beyond Beef. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, 7 May 2021 Stir in almond extract for a sweet, special flavor and cocoa powder (because, chocolate) until smooth. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, 19 Feb. 2021 After the syrup cools, add 1 to 2 tablespoons vanilla or almond extract. Marc Ramirez, Dallas News, 25 Jan. 2021 The body oil delivers moisture to the skin using sweet almond oil. Gabi Thorne, Allure, 19 Dec. 2020 The brand's Rescue Mask provides a mixture of almond, honey, and caolin clay to cleanse the pores, while camphor extract reduces skin’s inflammation. Akili King, Vogue, 28 May 2021

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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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20 Jun 2021

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“Almond.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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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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