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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Another early favorite is healthy snack option Not Your Mama’s Rice Crispy Treat, which is made of toasted millet, sprout rolled oats, pumpkin seeds, goji berries, raw almond butter, and coconut flakes. Birmingham Magazine,, "Food News: new cafes, a healthy food pop-up, and more," 11 June 2019 As for snacks, Jen will combine some healthy carbs and protein, like an apple with almond butter or some nuts. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "This Is Exactly What Jennifer Aniston's Diet Looks Like," 6 June 2019 Or snack on an apple with almond butter, or veggies with hummus rather than a sugary option. Cynthia Sass, Mph,, "Energy Drinks May Cause Heart Problems—Here’s How to Get a Natural Boost Instead," 4 June 2019 Add the quinoa and cook for 2 minutes to lightly toast it, then stir in the almond butter mixture. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "Sakara Brings Healthy Eating Home With Their New Made-for-Instagram Cookbook," 19 Mar. 2019 Today at select Whole Foods stores, customers are paying up to $17 for a jar of almond butter, while Prime members shell out a mere $12 to indulge. Laura Forman, WSJ, "Why Amazon Just Raised Your Grocery Bill," 13 Feb. 2019 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

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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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