butternut

noun
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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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 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, charlotteobserver, "How to stock your kitchen for quick shrimp dinners," 29 May 2018 The roasted butternut with tahini yogurt and golden raisin relish will slay you, and the carrot enchilada is next-level flavor. Kristin Luna, Condé Nast Traveler, "19 Best Restaurants in Nashville," 27 Feb. 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, 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

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First Known Use of butternut

1670, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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butternut

noun
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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