Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A deciduous tree (Prunus dulcis), native to Asia and northern Africa and having alternate, simple leaves, pink flowers, and leathery fruits.
  • n. The ellipsoidal kernel of this tree, either eaten as a nut or used for extraction of an oil for flavoring.
  • n. Any of several other plants, such as the Indian almond, especially those with fruits or seeds suggestive of the almond.
  • n. Something having the oval form of an almond.
  • n. A pale tan.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A type of tree nut.
  • n. A small deciduous tree, Prunus dulcis, that produces almonds.
  • n. The colour of the kernel of an almond without its shell and thin seed coat, a creamy off-white colour.
  • n. The color of an almond still covered by its skin, a shade of brown.
  • adj. Brownish, resembling the colour of an almond nut.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The fruit of the almond tree.
  • n. The tree that bears the fruit; almond tree.
  • n. Anything shaped like an almond.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The stone or kernel of the fruit of Prunus (Amygdalus) communis, the almond-tree (which see).
  • n. Anything shaped like an almond; an ornament in the shape of an almond; specifically, a piece of rock-crystal used in adorning branched candlesticks.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. 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
  • n. oval-shaped edible seed of the almond tree

Etymologies

Middle English almande, from Old French, from Late Latin amandula, alteration of Latin amygdala, from Greek amugdalē.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French almande, from Romanic *amendla (with -l- in French and Spanish, probably by confusion with similar Arabic words), from Latin amygdala, from Ancient Greek ἀμυγδάλη (amugdala). (Wiktionary)

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