- The definition of an almond is the kernel of a tree fruit that grows in warm climates.
The light tan, oval fruit of the Prunus tree is an example of an almond.
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- the edible, nutlike kernel of the small, dry, peachlike fruit of a prunus tree (Prunus amygdalus) that grows in warm regions
- the tree itself
- anything shaped like an almond, oval and pointed at one or both ends
- the light-tan color of the almond shell
Origin: Middle English almande ; from Old French alemande, amande ; from Midieval Latin amandola ; from Classical Latin amygdala ; from Classical Greek amygdalē
- made of almonds
- having the flavor, shape, or color of an almond
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- a. A deciduous tree (Prunus dulcis), native to Asia and northern Africa and having alternate, simple leaves, pink flowers, and leathery fruits.b. The ellipsoidal kernel of this tree, either eaten as a nut or used for extraction of an oil for flavoring.
- Any of several other plants, such as the Indian almond, especially those with fruits or seeds suggestive of the almond.
- Something having the oval form of an almond.
- A pale tan.
Origin: Middle English almande, from Old French, from Late Latin amandula, alteration of Latin amygdala, from Greek amugdalē.