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  • n. Plural form of butternut.


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  • (pl. noun) - (1) A term applied during the Civil War to Southern country people from their home-spun clothing.

    --Gilbert Tucker's American English, 1921

    (2) Derived from the colour of the uniforms worn in the early part of the war by Confederate soldiers in the West, which, being homespun, were dyed brown with the juice of the butternut (Juglans cinerea).

    --John Farmer's Slang and Its Analogues, 1890

    January 16, 2018