al·​mond | \ ˈä-mənd How to pronounce almond (audio) , ˈa- How to pronounce almond (audio) , ˈäl- How to pronounce almond (audio) , 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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Recent Examples on the Web My days start with apple-citrus chia bircher bowls with homemade almond milk and end with a big bowl of steamed vegetables drizzled with tahini. Christina Chaey, Bon Appétit, 3 Oct. 2021 The Kanebs grew the business from a regional milk distributor to a national powerhouse in large part by embracing new products such as lactose-free, oat, and almond milk., 27 Sep. 2021 Pegasus is powdery gourmand gold, built around vanilla, heliotrope flower and almond. Adam Hurly, Robb Report, 1 Oct. 2021 Ruzicka has long played around with a range of grains, like einkorn loaves and hard red California wheat flour that go into the bakery’s almond croissants. Elena Kadvany, San Francisco Chronicle, 29 Sep. 2021 Then riders take a trail through an almond tree forest amid a tropical landscape. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, 29 Sep. 2021 Those orgeat almond hints are the secret to the sauce for these RTD cocktails. Alissa Fitzgerald, Forbes, 20 Sep. 2021 There is growing competition from Mexican farms; a seven-year study has found favorable conditions for almond-growing in Idaho. Anna Wiener, The New Yorker, 15 Sep. 2021 Last year alone, the California almond crop was estimated to be worth more than $6 billion. Washington Post, 13 Sep. 2021

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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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“Almond.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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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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