but·​ter·​nut | \ ˈbə-tər-ˌnət How to pronounce butternut (audio) \
plural butternuts

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 Confederate States of America during the American Civil War

Examples of butternut in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For the butternut-squash salad, Sousa serves the squash raw, thinly sliced, and tossed with golden raisins, pecans, onion, tarragon, and blue cheese. David Kortava, The New Yorker, 26 Nov. 2021 Use as a spread on a ham or smoked turkey and Havarti sandwich, or stir it into cooked brown rice with chunks of roasted butternut and sliced green onions. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 16 June 2021 As far as pumpkin goes, any winter squash, such as acorn or butternut work perfectly. Miska Lewis, Bon Appétit, 21 Jan. 2021 One of the newer varieties is ‘Tetsukabuto,’ an innovative kabocha/butternut cross with Japanese roots that’s making its debut this year at Who Cooks For You Farm in New Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 3 Nov. 2020 These types of squash—such as pumpkins and butternut, acorn, and spaghetti squash—have a hard exterior and flesh that usually needs to be peeled and discarded. Lisa Cericola, Southern Living, 4 Sep. 2020 Roasting a squash into submission takes time—the bigger the squash the longer the wait—figure a couple of hours for a medium-sized butternut. Carla Lalli Music, Bon Appétit, 2 Jan. 2020 Mole Ice Cream laden with caramel, butternut and cinnamon toast crumbles ($9) is a nice way to round out the meal. Nancy Ngo, Twin Cities, 24 Sep. 2019 Two-layer cakes include coconut, German chocolate, Lady Baltimore, butternut, red velvet and lemon. Michelle Matthews | Mmatthews@al.com, al, 17 Sep. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of butternut

1670, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Butternut.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/butternut. Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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but·​ter·​nut | \ ˈbə-tər-ˌnət How to pronounce butternut (audio) \

Kids Definition of butternut

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

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