candlenut

noun
can·​dle·​nut | \ ˈkan-dᵊl-ˌnət How to pronounce candlenut (audio) \

Definition of candlenut

: the oily seed of a tropical tree (Aleurites moluccana) of the spurge family used locally to make candles and commercially as a source of oil also : this tree

Examples of candlenut in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The chicken as well as the candlenut that fattens the sauce are native ingredients. Jeff Chu, Travel + Leisure, 1 Mar. 2021 Others include ‘awa (kava), kukui (candlenut), mai‘a (banana), niu (coconut), ‘uala (sweet potato), and ‘ulu (breadfruit). National Geographic, 2 July 2019 The finishing kukui, or candlenut, oil hair and scalp massage puts me in coma of calm that I can’t be rousted from afterwards, even though my sisters have gone missing from the signature suite. Michele Parente, sandiegouniontribune.com, 29 Apr. 2018 Others include ‘awa (kava), kukui (candlenut), mai‘a (banana), niu (coconut), ‘uala (sweet potato), and ‘ulu (breadfruit). National Geographic, 2 July 2019 The finishing kukui, or candlenut, oil hair and scalp massage puts me in coma of calm that I can’t be rousted from afterwards, even though my sisters have gone missing from the signature suite. Michele Parente, sandiegouniontribune.com, 29 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of candlenut

circa 1836, in the meaning defined above

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“Candlenut.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/candlenut. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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