black walnut



a tree, Juglans nigra, of North America, having pinnate leaves and dark-brown bark and bearing an edible nut covered by a thick green or brown husk.
the nut of this tree.
the wood of this tree, valued in furniture-making.

Origin of black walnut

An Americanism dating back to 1605–15 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for black walnut

Historical Examples of black walnut

  • White-walnut, or butter-nut, and black-walnut, are not so good as the English walnut.

  • But the children were not allowed to make use of them, so they languished in the black-walnut bureau.

  • On a black-walnut shelf between the windows lay a choice collection of meerschaum and brier-wood pipes.

    Miss Mehetabel's Son

    Thomas Bailey Aldrich

  • The heavy honesty of black-walnut depressed her after the gilded stucco of her mother's salon.

    On the Stairs

    Henry B. Fuller

  • The color rose in her cheeks and neck and up to her black-walnut hair till the red dress and the red face looked all of a flame.

    Aunt Crete's Emancipation

    Grace Livingston Hill

British Dictionary definitions for black walnut

black walnut


a North American walnut tree, Juglans nigra, with hard dark wood and edible oily nuts
the valuable wood of this tree, used for cabinet work
the nut of this tree
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