al·mond | \ˈä-mənd, ˈa-, ˈäl-, 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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Supposedly, the name came from an instance where a player brought almond milk to a team breakfast. Charlie Hatch,, "Notebook: FC Cincinnati's midseason break, scouting the World Cup and the Almond Milk Cup," 19 June 2018 Then almond milk hit the scene, followed by rice, hemp, coconut, walnut, cashew and oatmeal. Sheah Rarback, miamiherald, "Lots of choices for milk substitutes, but beware of sugar content | Miami Herald," 24 May 2018 THE FOOD Olive oil plays a key role in the menu that begins with signature crostini: mushroom and artichoke; burrata, tomato and pesto; manchego, fig and marcona almond; and prosciutto with ricotta and fig. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "Chic Fig & Olive restaurant opens in Galleria," 12 Mar. 2018 When making Basic Sugar-Cookie Dough, beat almonds into butter and confectioners' sugar at beginning of recipe above. Cheryl Slocum, Country Living, "Linzer Tart Christmas Tree," 4 Nov. 2010 In addition to the winning cake, the couple’s reception in Puglia, Italy, also featured a sweet buffet with 16 (!) different Italian desserts like almond cake, fruit tarts and pistachio ice cream with olive oil. Mackenzie Schmidt,, "Frosting Face-Off! See the Unusual Way Property Brothers Star Drew Scott Chose His Wedding Cake," 25 June 2018 The menu, posted on wall boards, features items such The Gentilly, (house sweet cream, blueberries, strawberries and cream cheese, topped with sweet glaze, almond cake and whipped cream). Kim Chatelain,, "Sweet Rolls - rolled ice cream - rolls into St. Tammany," 18 May 2018 Sprinkle with almonds, then sprinkle everything with the remaining 1 tablespoon of sugar. Maya Wilson, Anchorage Daily News, "This rhubarb almond coffee cake is a treat fit for any Alaska summer soiree," 21 June 2018 Combine your perfect watermelon with almonds and mint for a light, refreshing snack. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "Here's How to Pick a Perfect Melon Every Time," 31 May 2018

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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, 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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