buck·​eye ˈbək-ˌī How to pronounce buckeye (audio)
: any of various shrubs or trees (genus Aesculus) of the horse-chestnut family
also : the large nutlike seed of such a shrub or tree
capitalized : a native or resident of Ohio
used as a nickname

Examples of buckeye in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Asian longhorned beetle is an invasive, wood-boring beetle that attacks 12 types of hardwood trees in North America, including maple, elm, buckeye, birch and willow trees. Haadiza Ogwude, The Enquirer, 11 Aug. 2023 The buckeye, which was also about 150 years old, had become an icon within the garden not for its size but because of its unique shape, said Doran. Annie Vainshtein, San Francisco Chronicle, 27 Mar. 2023 Last week’s extreme winds caused one section of a large coast redwood tree to shear off while another part catapulted onto a bamboo grove and a legendary buckeye tree. Annie Vainshtein, San Francisco Chronicle, 27 Mar. 2023 Probably better than the other buckeye. Neil Sperry, San Antonio Express-News, 27 May 2022 Rancho Gordo, Zursun, North Bay Trading and Primary Beans are just a few of the many purveyors of heirloom bean varieties; some of my personal favorites include buckeye, flageolet and scarlet runner beans. Casey Barber, CNN, 15 Feb. 2023 Last November, elementary schoolers in Berkeley, California gathered around a plot of land carpeted with shrubs to plant saplings like buckeye, white sage, and honeysuckle to increase the number of trees at their schools. Sabrina Toppa, Time, 8 June 2022 Mexican buckeye is a native tree with pink flowers that is long-lived in shady alkaline soil. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, 6 May 2022 Piñon and ponderosa forests at higher elevations boast a collection of wildflowers not found anywhere in the state’s flat grasslands—Mexican buckeye, Scarlet Bouvardia, White Flower Peppergrass, and Purple Feather Dalea, to name a few. J.d. Simkins, Sunset Magazine, 26 Apr. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1763, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of buckeye was in 1763

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“Buckeye.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/buckeye. Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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buck·​eye ˈbək-ˌī How to pronounce buckeye (audio)
: any of several trees or shrubs related to the horse chestnut
also : the large nutlike seed of a buckeye

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