Definitions for: Almond


[n] oval-shaped edible seed of the almond tree
[n] small bushy deciduous tree native to Asia and North Africa having pretty pink blossoms and highly prized edible nuts enclosed in a hard green hull; cultivated in southern Australia and California



Webster (1913) Definition: Alm"ond ([aum]"m[u^]nd), n. [OE. almande, almaunde,
alemaunde, F. amande, L. amygdala, fr. Gr. 'amygda`lh: cf.
Sp. almendra. Cf. Amygdalate.]
1. The fruit of the almond tree.

Note: The different kinds, as bitter, sweet, thin-shelled,
thick-shelled almonds, and Jordan almonds, are the
products of different varieties of the one species,
Amygdalus communis, a native of the Mediterranean
region and western Asia.

2. The tree that bears the fruit; almond tree.

3. Anything shaped like an almond. Specifically: (Anat.) One
of the tonsils.

Almond oil, fixed oil expressed from sweet or bitter
almonds.

Oil of bitter almonds, a poisonous volatile oil obtained
from bitter almonds by maceration and distillation;
benzoic aldehyde.

Imitation oil of bitter almonds, nitrobenzene.

Almond tree (Bot.), the tree bearing the almond.

Almond willow (Bot.), a willow which has leaves that are of
a light green on both sides; almond-leaved willow ({Salix
amygdalina}). --Shenstone.

Synonyms: Amygdalus communis, Prunus amygdalus, Prunus dulcis, sweet almond

See Also: almond, almond, almond tree, Amygdalus communis, drupe, edible nut, Jordan almond, jordan almond, Prunus amygdalus, Prunus dulcis, stone fruit, sweet almond

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