- Also called white walnut. the edible oily nut of an American tree, Juglans cinerea, of the walnut family.
- the tree itself.
- the light-brown wood of this tree, used for making furniture.
- the light-brown color resulting from a dye made from this tree.
- U.S. History. a Confederate soldier or partisan, especially one whose uniform was dyed with an extract from this tree.
- souari nut.
Origin of butternut
Examples from the Web for butternut
Grocery stories and markets will have a variety, such as butternut or pumpkin.Divine Apple Dishes
January 6, 2011
He was heavy-set and unwieldy, and he wore a wrinkled suit of butternut jeans.
This young fellow was in ragged jeans and a butternut shirt.
The butternut too often blooms so early that its blossoms are caught by frost.
At its best the butternut is a picturesque and even beautiful tree.Handbook of the Trees of New England
Lorin Low Dame
I have been in the forest, under the persimmon and butternut trees.The Citizen-Soldier
Word Origin and History for butternut
also butter-nut, 1753, nut of the white walnut, a North American tree; transferred to the tree itself from 1783. The nut's color was a brownish-gray, hence the word was used (1861) to describe the warm gray color of the Southern army uniforms in the American Civil War.