[ nuht-krak-er ]
/ ˈnʌtˌkræk ər /
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an instrument or device for cracking the shells of nuts.
any of several corvine birds of the genus Nucifraga that feed on nuts, as the common nutcracker, N. caryocatactes, of Europe and Clark's nutcracker, N. columbiana, of the western U.S.
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How to use nutcracker in a sentence
We are going to convince them that their power to catch us in a nut-cracker is forever at an end.
Here was goodman Theophilus buried: he was the best nut-cracker that ever dwelt in England.
She was not really frightened and her nut-cracker face illuminated itself with delighted smiles.Robin|Frances Hodgson Burnett
That's an army north, and a big lot of troops south, and Fitz John Porter is between like a nut in a nut cracker.The Long Roll|Mary Johnston
Rollo accordingly bought two Swiss cottages, very small ones, and a nut cracker.Rollo in Switzerland|Jacob Abbott
British Dictionary definitions for nutcracker
/ (ˈnʌtˌkrækə) /
(often plural) a device for cracking the shells of nuts
either of two birds, Nucifraga caryocatactes of the Old World or N. columbianus (Clark's nutcracker) of North America, having speckled plumage and feeding on nuts, seeds, etc: family Corvidae (crows)
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