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Brazil nut

  1. the three-sided, hard-shelled edible seed of the tree Bertholletia excelsa and related species, of South America.
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Origin of Brazil nut

First recorded in 1820–30
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Historical Examples of brazil nut

  • We're now aground on the branches of a sapucaya,—a species of the Brazil-nut, and among the tallest of Amazonian trees.

    Our Young Folks--Vol. I, No. II, February 1865


British Dictionary definitions for brazil nut

brazil nut

  1. a tropical South American tree, Bertholletia excelsa, producing large globular capsules, each containing several closely packed triangular nuts: family Lecythidaceae
  2. the nut of this tree, having an edible oily kernel and a woody shell
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Often shortened to: brazil
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