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 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 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

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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 15 Jul. 2020.

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

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