Definition for bitter almond (2 of 2)
Origin of almond
Examples from the Web for bitter almond
At that time it was known that benzoic acid is formed by exposure of bitter-almond oil to the air.Heroes of Science|M. M. Pattison Muir
It is extracted from the bitter-almond, (as has been stated,) peach-blossom, and the leaves of the laurocerasus.
It is also employed to prepare cherry-laurel, peach-kernel, and bitter-almond water.
(9·25 grains) of morphine acetate, which he likewise dissolved in bitter-almond water and swallowed.Poisons: Their Effects and Detection|Alexander Wynter Blyth
Thus the artificial production of bitter-almond oil from toluene has already been explained.Coal|Raphael Meldola
British Dictionary definitions for bitter almond
- a pale yellowish-brown colour
- (as adjective)almond wallpaper
- yellowish-green colour
- (as adjective)an almond skirt
Word Origin for almond
Word Origin and History for bitter 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.