Definition of nutcracker in English:

nutcracker

Line breaks: nut|crack¦er
Pronunciation: /ˈnʌtkrakə
 
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noun

  • 1 (usually nutcrackers) A device for cracking nuts.
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    • 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.
  • 1.1 [as modifier] Denoting a person’s nose and chin with the points near each other, either naturally or as a result of the loss of teeth.
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    • It is almost perfectly square, heavily set like a bulldog's, with huge nutcracker jaws and a pugilist's broken nose.
  • 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 grey and black plumage
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    • 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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