almond[ä′mənd; also am′ənd & al′mənd, ôl′-]
- 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.
- 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 of almondMiddle English almande ; from Old French alemande, amande ; from Medieval Latin amandola ; from Classical Latin amygdala ; from Classical Greek amygdalē
- made of almonds
- having the flavor, shape, or color of an almond
- a. A deciduous tree (Prunus dulcis) in the rose family, 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 of almondMiddle English almande, from Old French, from Late Latin amandula, alteration of Latin amygdala, from Greek amugdalē.
(countable and uncountable, plural almonds)
- (countable) A type of tree nut.
- (countable) A small deciduous tree, Prunus dulcis, that produces almonds.
- (uncountable) The colour of the kernel of an almond without its shell and thin seed coat, a creamy off-white colour.
- (uncountable) The color of an almond still covered by its skin, a shade of brown.
(comparative more almond, superlative most almond)
- Brownish, resembling the colour of an almond nut.