horse chestnut

noun

1
: a large tree (Aesculus hippocastanum of the family Hippocastanaceae, the horse-chestnut family) of southeastern Europe that has palmate leaves and erect conical clusters of showy flowers and is widely cultivated as an ornamental and shade tree and naturalized as an escape
also : buckeye
2
: the large glossy brown seed of a horse chestnut

Examples of horse chestnut in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of horse chestnut was in 1597

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“Horse chestnut.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/horse%20chestnut. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

horse chestnut

noun
1
: a large European tree with leaves divided into fingerlike parts and large flower clusters that is widely grown as an ornamental and shade tree
2
: the large glossy brown seed of a horse chestnut

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