almond

An almond is an oval-shaped nut that grows inside a hard shell. Almonds grow on almond trees.

Almonds are native to Mediterranean climates, particularly South Asia and the Middle East, and have spread to parts of North Africa, Southern Europe, and California. Almond trees flower in the spring, before the nuts are ready to harvest. While wild almonds are poisonous, the nut of the domesticated, sweet almond is delicious. We know the word almond comes from the Greek amygdalos, or "almond tree," but its origin beyond that is uncertain.

Definitions of almond
  1. noun
    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
    synonyms: Amygdalus communis, Prunus amygdalus, Prunus dulcis, sweet almond
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    jordan almond
    variety of large almond from Malaga, Spain; used in confectionery
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    almond tree
    any of several small bushy trees having pink or white blossoms and usually bearing nuts
  2. noun
    oval-shaped edible seed of the almond tree
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    Jordan almond
    an almond covered with a sugar coating that is hard and flavored and colored
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    edible nut
    a hard-shelled seed consisting of an edible kernel or meat enclosed in a woody or leathery shell
    drupe, stone fruit
    fleshy indehiscent fruit with a single seed: e.g. almond; peach; plum; cherry; elderberry; olive; jujube
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