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17th century, from Low German, from Middle Low German walnut, from Proto-West Germanic *walhahnut, from Proto-Germanic *walhaz (foreign) + *hnuts (nut). Cognate with Dutch walnoot, English walnut, and (from Middle Low German) Danish valnød etc. Equivalent to wal- (related with welsch) + Nuss; compare Middle High German welhisch nuz (alongside boumnuz). Possibly a calque of Latin nux gallica, but the name may merely describe the foreign origin as such; compare Finnish saksanpähkinä (literally German nut).


  • IPA(key): /ˈvalˌnʊs/
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  • (southern Germany, Switzerland, Austria) IPA(key): /ˈvaːlˌnʊs/
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Walnuss f (genitive Walnuss, plural Walnüsse)

  1. walnut
    Synonyms: (southern) Welschnuss, (Switzerland) Baumnuss
  2. walnut tree
    Synonyms: Nussbaum, Walnussbaum


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Usage notes[edit]

  • The spelling Walnuss has been the prescribed spelling since the German spelling reform of 1996 (the Rechtschreibreform). In Switzerland and Liechtenstein, it had already been standard since ⟨ß⟩ was deprecated in the 1930s.

Further reading[edit]

  • Walnuss” in Duden online
  • Walnuss” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache