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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For longer, more intense workouts, add a little protein for sustained energy: Pair a banana with a handful of almonds, or eat 6 oz of Greek yogurt with a piece of fruit. Joy Bauer, Ms, Woman's Day, "The Best Foods to Fuel Your Workout," 20 May 2019 Each layer of almond cake is separated by apricot and raspberry jam, frosted with dark chocolate glaze and sprinkled with luster dust. Carolyne Zinko,, "Style Radar: Express yourself with these Pride picks," 22 June 2018 There was guacamole, almond cake, Bavarian stuffed cabbage rolls, a multitude of crepes, Champagne Charlie, paneer, and calzones all organized in a delightful, inscrutable, odd manner. Melissa Locker, Bon Appetit, "Watching ‘Wild, Wild Country’? Then You Need to See The Rajneesh Cookbook," 4 May 2018 Some of the sweet highlights include chocolate strawberry, chocolate, and strawberry mango cupcakes; blackberry violet cake by the slice; almond raspberry polenta cake; chocolate shortbread cookies with cherry buttercream; and macarons. Steve Edwards, Anchorage Daily News, "Valentine’s-inspired sweets are at local markets and shops this week," 14 Feb. 2018 Also the gluten-free almond cake made with local amaretto. Linda Jerkins, ajc, "Heartfelt gifts for V-day are Southern-made," 24 Jan. 2018 More recently, farm irrigation has raised concern among some environmentalists who argue that crops such as almonds use excessive water. Russell Gold, WSJ, "Harvard Quietly Amasses California Vineyards—and the Water Underneath," 10 Dec. 2018 In addition to the calcium, almonds provide magnesium, a nutrient that is found in healthy bones., "Feed your bones with these crucial foods," 1 Apr. 2018 The almonds should turn golden, and the raisins should plump up — this should happen very fast. Daniel Neman, charlotteobserver, "Yes, Indian cooking uses a lot of spices. Yes, it’s worth it | Charlotte Observer," 26 Jan. 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 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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