- the three-sided, hard-shelled edible seed of the tree Bertholletia excelsa and related species, of South America.
Origin of Brazil nut
First recorded in 1820–30
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We're now aground on the branches of a sapucaya,—a species of the Brazil-nut, and among the tallest of Amazonian trees.
- a tropical South American tree, Bertholletia excelsa, producing large globular capsules, each containing several closely packed triangular nuts: family Lecythidaceae
- the nut of this tree, having an edible oily kernel and a woody shell
Often shortened to: brazil
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