Butternut definition

bŭtər-nŭt
(informal) A Confederate soldier or partisan in the Civil War.
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The white walnut tree (Juglans cinerea) of E North America, with compound leaves and hard-shell nuts.
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(slang, former) A soldier or supporter of the Confederacy.
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An eastern North American walnut (Juglans cinerea) having light-brown wood, pinnately compound leaves, and a deeply furrowed nut enclosed in an egg-shaped, sticky, aromatic husk.
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The nut of this tree, having an edible sweet kernel.
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The wood of this tree, used for furniture, boxes, and interior finishes.
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The bark of this tree.
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A brownish dye obtained from the husks of the fruits of this tree.
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Clothing dyed with butternut extract, especially the uniforms of Confederate soldiers in the Civil War.
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Its wood, often used in place of the heavier black walnut.
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Its oily edible nut.
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The souari nut.
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A North American walnut tree, Juglans cinerea.
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The wood or bark of this walnut tree.
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The nut of this walnut tree.
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A dye made from the fruit of this walnut tree.
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(informal) Butternut squash.

He made a delicious butternut soup.

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(US, obsolete) A Confederate Southerner, or somebody who supported southern rights and slavery [19th c.]
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
butternut
Plural:
butternuts

Origin of butternut

  • From the nut's oiliness

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • After the color of the Confederate uniform.

    From Wiktionary

  • butter +‎ nut

    From Wiktionary