almond

noun al·mond \ ˈä-mənd , ˈa- , ˈäl- , ˈal- \
Updated on: 12 Dec 2017

Definition of almond

1 a : 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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Origin and Etymology of almond

Middle English almande, from Anglo-French alemande from Late Latin amandula, alteration of Latin amygdala, from Greek amygdalē

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ALMOND Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of almond for English Language Learners

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


ALMOND Defined for Kids

almond

noun al·mond \ ˈä-mənd , ˈa- \

Definition of almond for Students

: a nut that is the edible kernel of a small tree related to the peach tree

Medical Dictionary

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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