al·​mond | \ ˈä-mənd How to pronounce almond (audio) , ˈa-, ˈäl-, ˈal- How to pronounce almond (audio) \

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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The raviolo alla Norma, with ultra-creamy almond ricotta, plum tomatoes, dates and eggplant cream, sheds the dish’s well-worn Sicilian roots and tastes very of this moment. Michele Parente, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Il Dandy’s Michelin-starred chefs take Italian to new heights — but is it high enough?," 4 July 2019 Açaí berries, rich in antioxidants and high in fiber, are either pureed or blended with coconut or almond milk to form the base. Joey Morona,, "Vitality Bowls brings açaí bowl craze to Rocky River," 28 June 2019 Honey, sweet almond oil, Vitamin E oil, and essential oils are all fun options. Rebekah Lowin, Country Living, "13 Castile Soap Uses You've Never Thought of Before," 22 May 2019 California almond season is the pollination Grand Prix. Lucas Foglia, National Geographic, "Beekeepers hit hard by thefts of hives," 3 May 2019 With her Kurdish husband, Hanson also has spent time in Kurdistan, and is exploring using pistachio and almond oils from the area for a possible future fragrance. Kathryn Romeyn,, "Lina Hanson builds a beauty brand by discovering new ingredients one country and story at a time," 20 Apr. 2018 After a lot of research, Adkins and his wife purchased shea butter, cocoa butter, beeswax, jojoba oil, sweet almond oil and skin-safe essential oils. Dorothy Chomicz, The Seattle Times, "Beard-grooming business grows out of owner’s ‘face jacket’," 11 Feb. 2018 One like Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Marvelous Oil Hair Elixir, which contains a blend of avocado, olive, and almond oils, won't drag down fine or thinning hair. Deanna Pai, Redbook, "7 Surprising Hair Secrets the Pros Swear By," 12 May 2017 But tensions have emerged, as India this month imposed tariffs on dozens of U.S. products including apples, walnuts, almonds and pulses. Courtney Mcbride, WSJ, "Top U.S., Indian Diplomats Try to Work Past Tariff Dispute," 26 June 2019

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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 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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