ivory nut

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noun

the seed of a low, South American palm, Phytelephas macrocarpa, yielding vegetable ivory.
a similar seed from other palms.

Origin of ivory nut

First recorded in 1915–20
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Examples from the Web for ivory nut

  • The price of ivory-nut waste was high, because of the use of this material in the manufacture of lactic acid.

British Dictionary definitions for ivory nut

ivory nut


noun

the seed of the ivory palm, which contains an ivory-like substance used to make buttons, etc
any similar seed from other palms
Former name (1871–1932): vegetable ivory
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