bitter almond

noun

Definition of bitter almond

: an almond with a bitter taste that contains amygdalin also : a tree (Prunus dulcis amara) producing bitter almonds

Examples of bitter almond in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In many detective novels, the ominous aroma of bitter almonds foreshadows a swift demise. Jennifer Leman, Scientific American, "The Bitter Truth: Scientists Sequence the Almond Genome," 13 June 2019 Bamford, who launched the book at a May event in Malibu, intersperses her story and the striking photos with nutritious recipes: plum and bitter almond jam, flat-iron chicken and kale. Kavita Daswani, latimes.com, "4 healthy summer reads," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of bitter almond

1577, in the meaning defined above

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“Bitter almond.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bitter%20almond. Accessed 28 January 2020.

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bitter almond

noun

Medical Definition of bitter almond

: an almond with a bitter taste that contains amygdalin also : a tree (Prunus dulcis amara) of the rose family (Rosaceae) producing bitter almonds

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