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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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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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The first known use of almond was in the 14th century

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“Almond.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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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


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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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