[ kur-nl ]
/ ˈkɜr nl /


verb (used with object), ker·neled, ker·nel·ing or (especially British) ker·nelled, ker·nel·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


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British Dictionary definitions for kernel

/ (ˈkɜːnəl) /


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

[ kûrnəl ]

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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