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1 (also sweet chestnut) a glossy brown nut that may be roasted and eaten.
2 (also chestnut tree, sweet chestnut, or Spanish chestnut) the large European tree that produces the edible chestnut, which develops within a bristly case, with serrated leaves and heavy timber.
- Castanea sativa, family Fagaceae
(also American chestnut) a related tree (C. dentata), which succumbed to a fungus bark disease in the early 1900s. Once prolific in the eastern US, very few large specimens survived. (also Chinese chestnut) a related tree (C. mollissima) native to China and Korea, cultivated elsewhere for its edible nut. The flowers have a putrid odor. used in names of trees and plants that are related to the sweet chestnut or that produce similar nuts, e.g., water chestnut. 3a deep reddish-brown color: [as modifier]:chestnut hair a horse of a reddish-brown color, with a brown mane and tail. 4a small horny patch on the inside of each of a horse’s legs.
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