Definition of butternut in English:


Line breaks: butter|nut
Pronunciation: /ˈbʌtənʌt


  • 1A North American walnut tree which is cultivated as an ornamental and also for its quality timber.
    • Juglans cinerea, family Juglandaceae
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    • 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.
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    • 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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