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kernel

[ kur-nl ]
/ 藞k蓽r nl /
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noun
verb (used with object), ker路neled, ker路nel路ing or (especially British) ker路nelled, ker路nel路ling.
to enclose as a kernel.
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Origin of kernel

before 1000; Middle English kirnel,Old English cyrnel, diminutive of corn seed, corn1

OTHER WORDS FROM kernel

ker路nel路less, adjectiveker路nel路ly, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for kernel

kernel
/ (藞k蓽藧nl) /

noun
the edible central part of a seed, nut, or fruit within the shell or stone
the grain of a cereal, esp wheat, consisting of the seed in a hard husk
the central or essential part of something
verb -nels, -nelling or -nelled or US -nels, -neling or -neled
(intr) rare to form kernels

Derived forms of kernel

kernel-less, adjective

Word Origin for kernel

Old English cyrnel a little seed, from corn seed; see corn 1
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Scientific definitions for kernel

kernel
[ k没rn蓹l ]

A grain or seed, as of a cereal grass, enclosed in a husk.
The inner, usually edible seed of a nut or fruit stone.
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