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Almonds

Almond
1. The fruit of the almond tree.
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 bears the fruit; almond tree.
3. Anything shaped like an almond.
(Science: anatomy) Specifically: 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.
(Science: botany) almond tree, a willow which has leaves that are of a light green on both sides; almond-leaved willow (salix amygdalina).
Origin: oe. Almande, almaunde, alemaunde, f. Amande, L. Amygdala, fr. Gr., cf. Sp. Almendra. Cf. Amygdalate.


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