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butternut

[ buht-er-nuht ]

noun

  1. Also called white walnut. the edible oily nut of an American tree, Juglans cinerea, of the walnut family.
  2. the tree itself.
  3. the light-brown wood of this tree, used for making furniture.
  4. the light-brown color resulting from a dye made from this tree.
  5. U.S. History. a Confederate soldier or partisan, especially one whose uniform was dyed with an extract from this tree.


butternut

/ ˈbʌtəˌnʌt /

noun

  1. a walnut tree, Juglans cinerea of E North America Compare black walnut
  2. the oily edible egg-shaped nut of this tree
  3. the hard brownish-grey wood of this tree
  4. the bark of this tree or an extract from it, formerly used as a laxative
  5. a brownish colour or dye


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Word History and Origins

Origin of butternut1

An Americanism dating back to 1735–45; so called from the nut's oiliness

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Example Sentences

The couples, who had never met, shared a lunch of beef tenderloin, butternut squash-and-pumpkin soup and pumpkin pie.

Grab a butternut or pumpkin from the grocery, peel it, half it, and scoop out the seeds.

Slip sweet pear into this soup for a new way to enjoy butternut squash.

On the fifth night, I made something that I developed myself, a quesadilla stuffed with a mix of butternut squash, toasted pumpkin seeds, Parmesan, shredded cheese, green chile, and cumin.

That’s how I dispatched the piles of butternut squash prep on my cutting board.

Grocery stories and markets will have a variety, such as butternut or pumpkin.

With equal expedition he built a second fire between two butternut-logs, produced a frying-pan, and set about supper.

Presently a thin line of men in butternut-colored clothes ran forward to a fence in front, and began throwing it down.

The Deacon's eyes followed hers, and he saw unmistakable signs of men in butternut clothes.

He looked up and saw a man about his own age, dressed in butternut homespun, and riding a fine horse.

The butternut too often blooms so early that its blossoms are caught by frost.

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