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candlenut

[ kan-dl-nuht ]
/ ˈkæn dlˌnʌt /
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noun
the oily fruit or nut of a southeastern Asian tree, Aleurites moluccana, of the spurge family, the kernels of which when strung together are used locally as candles.
the tree itself.
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Also called candleberry.

Origin of candlenut

First recorded in 1850–55; candle + nut
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British Dictionary definitions for candlenut

candlenut
/ (ˈkændəlˌnʌt) /

noun
a euphorbiaceous tree, Aleurites mollucana, of tropical Asia and Polynesia
the nut of this tree, which yields an oil used in paints and varnishes. In their native regions the nuts are strung together and burned as candles
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