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  1. 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.
  2. the tree itself.
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Origin of candlenut

First recorded in 1850–55; candle + nut
Also called candleberry.
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Examples from the Web for candlenut

Historical Examples

  • At first, the way is through a perfect forest of breadfruit, candlenut, and palm trees.

    Our Little Hawaiian Cousin

    Mary Hazelton Wade

  • One or two candlenut torches dimly illumined the figures of the squatting women who remained.

British Dictionary definitions for candlenut


  1. a euphorbiaceous tree, Aleurites mollucana, of tropical Asia and Polynesia
  2. 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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