Definition of bitter almond in English:

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bitter almond


An inedible, bitter form of almond, used to produce almond oil.
Example sentences
  • The scent of the sweet-tasting drink was replicated using aromatherapy oils, but, unfortunately for the manufacturers, cyanide gas also smells of almond, although it's bitter almond.
  • Their essential oil, with its unusual scent and peppery flavour reminiscent of bitter almond, rue and vanilla, is used in condiments such as ketchup, in a variety of jams and chutneys, in spiced fruit peels and in cured meats.
  • Horseradish, wintergreen, rue, bitter almond and sassafras are some of the essential oils that should only be used by qualified aromatherapy practitioners, if ever at all.

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Syllabification: bit·ter al·mond

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