butternut

noun but·ter·nut \ -ˌnət \
|Updated on: 13 May 2018

Definition of butternut

1 : an eastern North American tree (Juglans cinerea) of the walnut family with sweet egg-shaped nuts and light brown wood called also white walnut
2 a : a light yellowish brown
b butternuts plural : homespun overalls dyed brown with a butternut extract
c : a soldier or partisan of the Confederacy during the American Civil War

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First Known Use of butternut

1741

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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butternut

noun but·ter·nut \ ˈbə-tər-ˌnət \

Definition of butternut for Students

: an eastern North American tree that has sweet egg-shaped nuts


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