almond

noun
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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Gerl includes peanuts in his salsa macha but also adds almonds and seeds: sesame, pumpkin and sunflower. Providence Cicero, The Seattle Times, "Chester Gerl’s versatile, crunchy salsa macha is so much more than a chip dip," 2 Jan. 2019 On low-carb days, pair it with a healthy fat like avocado or almond butter. Heidi Powell, Redbook, "4 Ways to Keep Weight Off — For Good," 28 Oct. 2016 Note:Use any extra frangipane to spread between slices of French toast, or make a traditional French pastry, bostock, by spreading frangipane on top of brioche, sprinkling with sliced almonds, and then baking at 375°F for 20 minutes. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "Be Ambitious This Thanksgiving: 3 Bold Recipes From One of L.A.’s Most Talked About Restaurants," 2 Nov. 2018 In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, almond meal, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Rhubarb and Almond Upside-Down Cake," 18 Apr. 2018 In my experience, most lifters would agree that your snack should be mostly simple carbs to top off your glycogen, with a smidge of protein or fat (more like a banana or apple with a little peanut butter, less like a small handful of almonds). Casey Johnston, SELF, "Ask a Swole Woman: Are Fasted Workouts Safe?," 4 Oct. 2018 One followed their usual western-style diet supplemented with 60 grams — roughly a half cup — of mixed almonds, hazelnuts and walnuts daily. Mari A. Schaefer, Philly.com, "Study: Nutrition in nuts may help boost sperm count," 10 July 2018 Dried apricots, cherries and cranberries make a great quick snack when coupled with a handful of raw almonds. Terri Milligan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Keep your cool: No-heat cooking keeps you comfortable and the food fresh," 5 July 2018 Eating a ‘handful’ of almonds might mean something different in my hand compared to yours. Samantha Cassetty, NBC News, "Healthy eating mistakes that are interfering with your weight loss goals," 5 July 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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almond

noun

English Language Learners Definition of almond

: a nut that has a sweet flavor also : the tree that produces almonds

almond

noun
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

almond

noun
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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