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sweet almond

noun
1.
See under almond (def 1).
Origin of sweet almond
1710-1720
First recorded in 1710-20

almond

[ah-muh nd, am-uh nd; spelling pronunciation al-muh nd] /ˈɑ mənd, ˈæm ənd; spelling pronunciation ˈæl mənd/
noun
1.
the nutlike kernel of the fruit of either of two trees, Prunus dulcis (sweet almond) or P. dulcis amara (bitter almond) which grow in warm temperate regions.
2.
the tree itself.
3.
a delicate, pale tan.
4.
anything shaped like an almond, especially an ornament.
adjective
5.
of the color, taste, or shape of an almond.
6.
made or flavored with almonds:
almond cookies.
Origin
1250-1300; Middle English almande < Old French (dial.) alemande, probably by transposition of -la < Late Latin amandula, with assimilative replacement of the unfamiliar cluster and adaptation to a known suffix, representing Latin amygdala < Greek amygdálē; replacing Old English amigdal < Latin
Related forms
almondlike, almondy, adjective
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  • There are numerous varieties of this species, but the two chief kinds are the bitter almond and the sweet almond.

    Among the Trees at Elmridge Ella Rodman Church
  • The kernels of this species have the flavor of the sweet almond.

    The Nut Culturist Andrew S. Fuller
  • They must be dried slowly as they color easily, and the sweet almond flavor is gone when a delicate color only, is developed.

    The Laurel Health Cookery Evora Bucknum Perkins
  • There are two varieties, known as the bitter and the sweet almond.

    Science in the Kitchen. Mrs. E. E. Kellogg
  • The date of this palm is not edible, but the nut inside is round, and like a sweet almond.

  • Olive oil, for instance serves this purpose to some extent; and sweet almond is a most efficient substitute.

    A Guide to Health Mahatma Gandhi
British Dictionary definitions for sweet almond

almond

/ˈɑːmənd/
noun
1.
a small widely cultivated rosaceous tree, Prunus amygdalus, that is native to W Asia and has pink flowers and a green fruit containing an edible nutlike seed
2.
the oval-shaped nutlike edible seed of this plant, which has a yellowish-brown shell
3.
(modifier) made of or containing almonds: almond cake, related adjectives amygdaline amygdaloid
4.
  1. a pale yellowish-brown colour
  2. (as adjective): almond wallpaper
5.
Also called almond green
  1. yellowish-green colour
  2. (as adjective): an almond skirt
6.
anything shaped like an almond nut
Word Origin
C13: from Old French almande, from Medieval Latin amandula, from Latin amygdala, from Greek amugdalē
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Word Origin and History for sweet almond

almond

n.

c.1300, from Old French almande, amande, from Vulgar Latin *amendla, *amandula, from Latin amygdala (plural), from Greek amygdalos "an almond tree," of unknown origin, perhaps a Semitic word. Altered in Medieval Latin by influence of amandus "loveable," and acquiring in French an excrescent -l- perhaps from Spanish almendra "almond," which got it via confusion with the Arabic definite article al-, which formed the beginnings of many Spanish words. Applied to eyes shaped like almonds, especially of certain Asiatic peoples, from 1870.

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