- a tree, Juglans nigra, of North America, having pinnate leaves and dark-brown bark and bearing an edible nut covered by a thick green or brown husk.
- the nut of this tree.
- the wood of this tree, valued in furniture-making.
Origin of black walnut
An Americanism dating back to 1605–15
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Examples from the Web for black walnut
White-walnut, or butter-nut, and black-walnut, are not so good as the English walnut.
But the children were not allowed to make use of them, so they languished in the black-walnut bureau.My Friend Annabel Lee
On a black-walnut shelf between the windows lay a choice collection of meerschaum and brier-wood pipes.Miss Mehetabel's Son
Thomas Bailey Aldrich
The heavy honesty of black-walnut depressed her after the gilded stucco of her mother's salon.On the Stairs
Henry B. Fuller
The color rose in her cheeks and neck and up to her black-walnut hair till the red dress and the red face looked all of a flame.Aunt Crete's Emancipation
Grace Livingston Hill
- a North American walnut tree, Juglans nigra, with hard dark wood and edible oily nuts
- the valuable wood of this tree, used for cabinet work
- the nut of this tree
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