Definition of butternut in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbʌtənʌt/


1A North American walnut tree which is cultivated as an ornamental and also for its quality timber.
  • Juglans cinerea, family Juglandaceae.
Example sentences
  • These include oaks, hickories, buckeyes, chestnuts, butternuts, walnuts and hazels.
  • The fungus Sirococcus clavigignenti-juglandacearum has ravaged butternut, or white walnut, trees.
  • Although not the largest of its kind in the U.S., the butternut is sizable at about 80 feet tall with a 16-foot circumference.
1.1The edible oily nut of the butternut.
Example sentences
  • The butternut or American white walnut, J. cinerea, also grows in the eastern states, and also has a troublesome hard shell.
  • The butternuts that give the tree its name are also good for cooking and eating, Arch, the Cherokee artist, says.
  • You get a similarly hearty feel from a butternut risotto or a butternut take on a potato gratin.

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