bitter almond


noun

See under almond(def 1).

Definition for bitter almond (2 of 2)

almond
[ ah-muh nd, am-uh nd; spelling pronunciation al-muh nd ]
/ ˈɑ mənd, ˈæm ənd; spelling pronunciation ˈæl mənd /

noun

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.

adjective

of the color, taste, or shape of an almond.
made or flavored with almonds: almond cookies.

Origin of almond

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

OTHER WORDS FROM almond

al·mond·like, al·mond·y, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for bitter almond

almond
/ (ˈɑːmənd) /

noun

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 almondsalmond 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 for almond

C13: from Old French almande, from Medieval Latin amandula, from Latin amygdala, from Greek amugdalē
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