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Almonds (nuts).
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From Old French almande, from Romance *amendla (with -l- in French and Spanish, probably by confusion with similar Arabic words), from Latin amygdala, from Ancient Greek ἀμυγδάλη (amugdálē).



almond (countable and uncountable, plural almonds)

  1. (countable) A type of tree nut.
  2. (countable) A small deciduous tree in family Rosaceae, Prunus dulcis, that produces almonds.
    • 2004, Richard Fortey, The Earth, Folio Society 2011, p. 3:
      In early March the almonds are in flower, delicately pink, and there are washes of bright daffodils beneath the orchard trees; you can see women gathering them for market.
  3. Other plants that produce almond-like nuts:
    1. Prunus japonica, flowering almond, an ornamental shrub in family Rosaceae
    2. Prunus andersonii, desert almond, a North American shrub in family Rosaceae
    3. Prunus fasciculata, desert range almond or wild almond, North American shrub in family Rosaceae
    4. Terminalia catappa, Indian almond or tropical almond, in family Combretaceae
    5. Brabejum stellatifolium, wild almond or bitter almond, in family Proteaceae
  4. (uncountable) The colour of the kernel of an almond without its shell and thin seed coat, a creamy off-white colour.
    almond colour:    
  5. (uncountable) The color of an almond still covered by its skin, a shade of brown.
    almond colour:    
  6. Anything shaped like an almond; specifically, (anatomy, archaic) a tonsil.
    • 1828, David Craigie, Elements of General and Pathological Anatomy
      The next set are shorter, and are more contracted or acuminated at their posterior end, where they are contiguous to the almonds or tonsils.



almond (comparative more almond, superlative most almond)

  1. Brownish, resembling the colour of an almond nut.


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