Definition of nutcracker in English:

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nutcracker

Pronunciation: /ˈnətˌkrakər/

noun

1A device for cracking nuts.
Example sentences
  • The collection includes a ferocious Minotaur, the mythical half-human, half-bull, made from welded spoons, nutcrackers and windscreen wipers.
  • A rope-tow's a generous interpretation of what it really is; it's fondly called a nutcracker because the device that hangs around your waist clamps onto the rope in the same way a nut would be cracked open.
  • Scarborough Sea Life Centre is building a giant tank to accommodate 12 ‘baby’ Japanese Spider Crabs - whose infant pincers are as big as nutcrackers.
2A crow that feeds on the seeds of conifers, found widely in Eurasia and in western North America.
  • Genus Nucifraga, family Corvidae: the Eurasian spotted nutcracker (N. caryocatactes), with white-spotted brown plumage, and the North American Clark’s nutcracker (N. columbiana), with pale gray and black plumage.
Example sentences
  • Balda started studying pinyon jays and Clark's nutcrackers in the late 1960s.
  • The Clark's nutcracker - which also has a well-developed hippocampus - can pinpoint thousands of scattered food caches up to nine months after storing them.
  • The explorers introduced to science Clark's nutcracker and Lewis's woodpecker, as well as the sage grouse and the lesser Canada goose.

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Syllabification: nut·crack·er

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