filbert

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Earlier filbert-nut, Philibert-nut, from Anglo-Norman noix de filbert, so named because they are ripe near Saint Philibert’s Day.

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filbert (plural filberts)

  1. The hazelnut.
    • 1610, The Tempest, by Shakespeare, act 2 scene 2
      I'll bring thee / To clust'ring filberts, and sometimes I'll get thee / Young scamels from the rock.
    • 1863, Sheridan Le Fanu, The House by the Churchyard
      I've seen one monkey force open the jaws of his brother, resolutely introduce his fingers, pluck from the sanctuary of his cheek the filbert he had just stowed there for his private nutrition and delight, and crunch and eat it with a stern ecstasy of selfishness, himself []
  2. The hazel tree.
  3. A paintbrush used in oil and acrylic painting with a long ferrule and a curving, tongue-shaped head.

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