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

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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Recent Examples on the Web As far as pumpkin goes, any winter squash, such as acorn or butternut work perfectly. Miska Lewis, Bon Appétit, "Porotos Con Riendas is the Stew to End All Stews," 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, "Ways to enjoy the winter squashes of autumn," 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, "How To Freeze Squash," 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, "Never Cut a Squash Again," 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, "Borough revamps with small plates, interactive trolley cart and new space," 24 Sep. 2019 Two-layer cakes include coconut, German chocolate, Lady Baltimore, butternut, red velvet and lemon. Michelle Matthews | Mmatthews@al.com, al, "People flock to this small Alabama town for delicious seven-layer cake," 17 Sep. 2019 Uncut melons and winter squash Thanks to their hard skins, both melon and winter squash varieties—like acorn, butternut, kabocha, and delicata—don't need to be refrigerated until after they've been cut, according to Nordgren. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "12 Foods You’re Probably Refrigerating That You Actually Shouldn’t," 16 Apr. 2019 The daily-changing menu features an expansive list of pizzas in iterations like the Napoletana with tomato, Bluefin tuna conserva, capers, pecorino and hot pepper, and the Zucca with butternut and summer squash, red onion, and saba. Leah Bhabha, Vogue, "How to Spend a Fall Weekend on the North Shore of Massachusetts," 15 Oct. 2018

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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 10 May. 2021.

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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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