American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An eastern North American walnut (Juglans cinerea) having light-brown wood, pinnately compound leaves, and a deeply furrowed nut enclosed in an egg-shaped, sticky, aromatic husk. Also called white walnut.
- n. The nut of this tree, having an edible sweet kernel.
- n. The wood of this tree, used for furniture, boxes, and interior finishes.
- n. The bark of this tree.
- n. A brownish dye obtained from the husks of the fruits of this tree.
- n. Clothing dyed with butternut extract, especially the uniforms of Confederate soldiers in the Civil War.
- n. Informal A Confederate soldier or partisan in the Civil War.
- n. See souari nut.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The fruit of Juglans cinerea, an American tree, so called from the oil it contains; also, the tree itself. The tree bears a resemblance in its general appearance to the black walnut (J. nigra), but the fruit is long, pointed, and viscous, the nut furrowed and sharply jagged, and the wood soft but close-grained and light-colored, turning yellow after exposure. The wood takes a fine polish, and is largely used in interior finish and in cabinet-work. The inner bark furnishes a brown dye, and is used as a mild cathartic. Also called
- n. The nut of Caryocar nuciferum, a lofty timber-tree of Guiana, natural order Ternstrœmaceæ. The nuts have a pleasant taste, and are exported to some extent. They are also known as souari- or suwarrow-nuts.
- n. A name applied during the civil war in the United States to Confederate soldiers, in allusion to the coarse brown homespun cloth, dyed with butternut, often worn by them.
- n. A North American walnut tree, Juglans cinerea, or the wood, bark, or nut of this tree.
- n. A dye made from the fruit of this tree.
- n. informal Butternut squash
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) An American tree (Juglans cinerea) of the Walnut family, and its edible fruit; -- so called from the oil contained in the latter. Sometimes called
oil nutand white walnut.
- n. (Bot.) The nut of the Caryocar butyrosum and Caryocar nuciferum, of S. America; -- called also
- n. North American walnut tree having light-brown wood and edible nuts; source of a light-brown dye
- n. oily egg-shaped nut of an American tree of the walnut family
- From the nut's oiliness. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I think butternut is my favorite too with yellow as a close second. glidingcalm - thanks!”
“During Shiloh they were either in butternut there dying in the orchard, dying without water or thin-lipped still in Purdy, where cannon boom and rifle shot came clear even on a breezeless day, sliding through the clapboard walls, clotting milk and setting loose that first wall-eyed notion of leaving the South behind.”
“Sorry for all the good ol 'boys in butternut and gray, but they had some responsibility for what happened -- and for losing.”
“The bunch disease first appeared on heartnut trees, the most susceptible walnut species, and spread quickly to butternut, which is also very susceptible.”
“The butternut is the most highly prized among our native nuts.”
“The butternut is the first to shed pollen in Indiana with the catkins dropping, in some years, by late April and the first week in”
“Of all the species of nuts with which the Association is concerned, the butternut is the most hardy and the most likely to succeed on poor soil.”
“At its best the butternut is a picturesque and even beautiful tree.”
“The three main types of walnuts are white (aka butternut), black and English (aka Persian).”
“The Hokkaido squash, the winter luxury pumpkins, the Kuri and Hopi Orange, the Hubbard and the butternut are our favorites.”
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