Horse-chestnut Horse`-chest"nut, Horsechestnut Horse`chest"nut, n. 1. (Bot.) The large nutlike seed of a species of {[AE]sculus} ({[AE]sculus Hippocastanum}), formerly ground, and fed to horses, whence the name. The seed is not considered edible by humans. [WordNet sense 2] [1913 Webster + WordNet 1.5]

2. (Bot.) The tree itself ({Aesculus hippocastanum}), which was brought from Constantinople in the beginning of the sixteenth century, and is now common in the temperate zones of both hemispheres; it has palmate leaves and large clusters of white to red flowers followed by brown shiny inedible seeds. The native American species is also called {buckeye} and {conker}. [WordNet sense 1] [1913 Webster + WordNet 1.5]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • conker — ► NOUN Brit. 1) the hard shiny dark brown nut of a horse chestnut tree. 2) (conkers) (treated as sing. ) a children s game in which each has a conker on a string and tries to break another s with it. ORIGIN dialect, «snail shell» (with which the… …   English terms dictionary

  • conker — conk er (k[o^][ng]k [ e]r), n. the inedible nutlike seed of the horsechestnut. Syn: buckeye, horsechestnut, horse chestnut. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • conker — snail shell, also horse chestnut, from children s game of CONKERS (Cf. conkers) (q.v.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • conker — [käŋ′kər] n. [Brit dial., orig., a snail shell (< CONCH + ER): the game was orig. played with shells] Brit. 1. [pl., with sing. v.] a child s game played with horse chestnuts tied to strings 2. a horse chestnut …   English World dictionary

  • conker — [19] A conker was originally a ‘snail shell’. Small boys tied them on to pieces of string and played a game involving trying to break their opponent’s shell (another method of playing was simply to press two shells together and see which one… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • conker — [[t]kɒ̱ŋkə(r)[/t]] conkers 1) N COUNT Conkers are round brown nuts which come from horse chestnut trees. [BRIT] 2) N UNCOUNT Conkers is a children s game in which you tie a conker to a piece of string and try to break your opponent s conker by… …   English dictionary

  • conker — con·ker || kÉ’Å‹kÉ™ n. fruit of a chestnut; (British) string game played with chestnuts, type of game in which a child swings a conker with a string through it trying to break another child s conker with it …   English contemporary dictionary

  • conker — UK [ˈkɒŋkə(r)] / US [ˈkɑŋkər] noun Word forms conker : singular conker plural conkers British 1) [countable] the large shiny brown seed of the horse chestnut tree 2) conkers [uncountable] a children s game in which players try to hit and break… …   English dictionary

  • conker — /ˈkɒŋkə/ (say kongkuh) noun British 1. Colloquial a horse chestnut. 2. (plural) a children s game in which one child swings a conker, which has been threaded on a string, in an attempt to break an opponent s conker. {British dialect: snail shell… …   Australian English dictionary

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