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bitternut

[bit-er-nuht]
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noun
  1. a hickory, Carya cordiformis, of the eastern and southern U.S., bearing a smooth, gray, bitter seed.
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Origin of bitternut

An Americanism dating back to 1800–10; bitter + nut
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bitternut

noun
  1. an E North American hickory tree, Carya cordiformis, with thin-shelled nuts and bitter kernels
  2. the nut of this plant
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