can·​dle·​nut | \ ˈkan-dᵊl-ˌnət \

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

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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,, "24 hours at Pechanga: Gambling, eating, pampering and yoga," 29 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of candlenut

circa 1836, in the meaning defined above

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