Brazil nut
Brazil nut Bra*zil" nut` (br[.a]*z[i^]l" n[u^]t`). (Bot.) An oily, three-sided nut, the seed of the {Bertholletia excelsa}; the cream nut. [1913 Webster]

Note: From eighteen to twenty-four of the seeds or ``nuts'' grow in a hard and nearly globular shell. [1913 Webster]


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  • Brazil nut — the three sided, hard shelled edible seed of the tree Bertholletia excelsa and related species, of South America. [1820 30] * * * Edible seed of a large South American tree, Bertholletia excelsa (family Lecythidaceae), and one of the major… …   Universalium

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  • brazil nut — UK [brəˈzɪl ˌnʌt] / US noun [countable] Word forms brazil nut : singular brazil nut plural brazil nuts a large curved nut that has a hard shell with three sides …   English dictionary

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  • Brazil nut — noun Etymology: Brazil, South America Date: 1830 a tall South American tree (Bertholletia excelsa of the family Lecythidaceae) that bears large globular capsules each containing several closely packed roughly triangular oily edible nuts; also its …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • brazil nut — bra|zil nut [ brə zıl ,nʌt ] noun count a large curved nut that has a hard shell with three sides …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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