butternut

noun
but·ter·nut | \-ˌnət \

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

2a : 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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Stir in olive oil, then fold in the butternut and chives. Jeanmarie Brownson, charlotteobserver, "How to stock your kitchen for quick shrimp dinners," 29 May 2018 Delicata does not keep as long as squashes such as butternut, Sweet Meat and climbing zucchini. Margaret Lauterbach, idahostatesman, "Consider all insect control measures carefully as earwigs, squash bugs move in," 22 June 2018 Stir in olive oil, then fold in the butternut and chives. Jeanmarie Brownson, charlotteobserver, "How to stock your kitchen for quick shrimp dinners," 29 May 2018 Stir in olive oil, then fold in the butternut and chives. Jeanmarie Brownson, chicagotribune.com, "How to stock your kitchen for quick shrimp dinners," 10 May 2018 Simmer vegetables in that same broth—go rogue with butternut and collards, or rutabaga and kale—for an all-in-one meal. Sarah Jampel, Bon Appetit, "12 Crispy, Juicy Chicken Thigh Recipes That'll Save You From Yourself," 15 Feb. 2018 Winter squash: When selecting winter squash (pumpkin, butternut, acorn), look for a hard rind. Jennifer Farley, charlotteobserver, "The produce aisle cheat sheet you shouldn't shop without | Charlotte Observer," 10 Apr. 2018 But other vegetables, particularly hard squash like butternut, increase their nutrition and taste in storage. Polly Campbell, Cincinnati.com, "Get the most out of your food with these tips," 11 Jan. 2018 Add 2 pounds peeled, seeded and chopped long pie pumpkin or other winter squash, such as butternut or kabocha, along with 2 teaspoons finely grated fresh ginger, 1 minced Thai green chile and kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste. Sarah Fritsche, San Francisco Chronicle, "Guide to the autumn farmers’ market," 26 Oct. 2017

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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 \

Kids Definition of butternut

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

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