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sweet almond

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


[ah-muh nd, am-uh nd; spelling pronunciation al-muh nd] /ˈɑ mənd, ˈæm ənd; spelling pronunciation ˈæl mənd/
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.
the tree itself.
a delicate, pale tan.
anything shaped like an almond, especially an ornament.
of the color, taste, or shape of an almond.
made or flavored with almonds:
almond cookies.
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 Unabridged
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  • The kernels of this species have the flavor of the sweet almond.

    The Nut Culturist Andrew S. Fuller
  • There are two varieties, known as the bitter and the sweet almond.

    Science in the Kitchen.

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

  • 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
  • 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


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
the oval-shaped nutlike edible seed of this plant, which has a yellowish-brown shell
(modifier) made of or containing almonds: almond cake, related adjectives amygdaline amygdaloid
  1. a pale yellowish-brown colour
  2. (as adjective): almond wallpaper
Also called almond green
  1. yellowish-green colour
  2. (as adjective): an almond skirt
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



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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