macadamia nut

mac·​a·​da·​mia nut | \ ˌma-kə-ˈdā-mē-ə- How to pronounce macadamia nut (audio) \

Definition of macadamia nut

: a hard-shelled nut of an Australian evergreen tree (genus Macadamia, especially M. integrifolia or M. tetraphylla) of the protea family that somewhat resembles the filbert and is cultivated extensively in Hawaii

called also macadamia

Examples of macadamia nut in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Go for the catch of the day, rounded out with macadamia nut crab cakes and a whiskey sour made with liliko'i. Olivia Hosken, Town & Country, 10 May 2022 In addition, it's infused with a blend of oils (sweet almond, sea buckthorn, and macadamia nut, to be specific) that nourishes and heals, according to cosmetic chemist Ginger King. Gabi Thorne, Allure, 5 May 2022 It’s formulated with natural oils including macadamia nut, soybean, and jojoba. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 31 Mar. 2022 The shop’s menu is filled with baked favorites like sugar cookies, cherry-macadamia nut cookies, mini-Bundt cakes, full-sized cakes and seasonal offerings like pumpkin rolls. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, 28 Dec. 2021 An orchard with avocado, peach, grapefruit, guava, tangelo, pear, apple, lemon persimmon and macadamia nut trees grew on the grounds. Barbara Henry, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Aug. 2021 Hawaiian Honey is made with Kō Hana Koa, Giffard Creme de Peche, Luxardo, lemon, honey, and macadamia nut syrup. Amber Love Bond, Forbes, 28 June 2021 Their beautifully detailed menu descriptions cover an extensive list of appetizers, soups, salads, seafood, meat entrees, and luscious sounding desserts like Road to Hana chocolate layer cake with macadamia nut caramel. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, 2 Mar. 2021 Ban-nan-yas Foster, with banana macadamia nut ice cream and a malasada (Hawaiian donut). Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, 2 Mar. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of macadamia nut

1929, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for macadamia nut

borrowed from New Latin Macadamia, genus name, from John Macadam †1865 Scottish-born Australian chemist + New Latin -ia -ia entry 1

Note: The genus Macadamia was named by the German-born Australian botanist Ferdinand Mueller (1825-96; originally Müller, later von Mueller) in "Account of some New Australian Plants," "Read before the Institute, 5th August, 1857," Transactions of the Philosophical Institute of Victoria, from January to December, 1857, vol. 2 (1858), p. 72. Mueller noted that the naming was "dedicated to John Macadam, Esq., M.D., the talented and deserving Secretary of our Institute."

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“Macadamia nut.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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