See under chestnut(def 1).
Origin of Chinese chestnut
First recorded in 1905–10
Definition for chinese chestnut (2 of 2)
[ ches-nuht, -nuh t ]
/ ˈtʃɛsˌnʌt, -nət /
any of the several deciduous trees constituting the genus Castanea, of the beech family, having toothed, oblong leaves and bearing edible nuts enclosed in a prickly bur, and including C. dentata (American chestnut), which has been virtually destroyed by the chestnut blight, C. sativa (European chestnut), C. mollissima (Chinese chestnut), and C. crenata (Japanese chestnut).
the edible nut of such a tree.
the wood of any of these trees.
any fruit or tree resembling the chestnut, as the horse chestnut.
being reddish-brown in color.
(of food) containing or made with chestnuts: turkey with chestnut stuffing.
Origin of chestnut
1350–1400; 1880–85 for def 6; earlier chesten nut, Middle English chesten, Old English cysten chestnut tree (< Latin castanea < Greek kastanéa) + nut
OTHER WORDS FROM chestnutchest·nut·ty, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for chinese chestnut
/ (ˈtʃɛsˌnʌt) /
any N temperate fagaceous tree of the genus Castanea, such as C. sativa (sweet or Spanish chestnut), which produce flowers in long catkins and nuts in a prickly burCompare horse chestnut, water chestnut, dwarf chestnut
the edible nut of any of these trees
the hard wood of any of these trees, used in making furniture, etc
- a reddish-brown to brown colour
- (as adjective)chestnut hair
a horse of a yellow-brown or golden-brown colour
a small horny callus on the inner surface of a horse's leg
informal an old or stale joke
Word Origin for chestnut
C16: from earlier chesten nut: chesten, from Old French chastaigne, from Latin castanea, from Greek kastanea
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Idioms and Phrases with chinese chestnut
see old chestnut.
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