from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A tropical southeast Asian tree (Aleurites moluccana) bearing nutlike seeds that are used to make candles and yield a drying oil used in paints, varnishes, lacquer, and soft soap.
  • n. The seed of this tree.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A flowering tree (Aleurites moluccana) of the family Euphorbiaceae, also known as candleberry, Indian walnut, Kemiri, varnish tree or Kukui nut tree.
  • n. The seed of said tree, used as a candle

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. the fruit of a euphorbiaceous shrub (Aleurites triloba), a native of some of the Pacific islands; -- socalled because, when dry, it will burn with a bright flame, and is used by the natives as a candle. The oil has many uses.
  • n. The fruit of a euphorbiaceous tree or shrub (Aleurites moluccana), native of some of the Pacific islands. It is used by the natives as a candle, the nut kernels being strung together. The oil from the nut (candlenut oil or kekune oil) has many uses, including as a varnish.
  • n. The tree itself (Aleurites moluccana).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as candleberry, 1.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. seed of candlenut tree; source of soil used in varnishes
  • n. large tree native to southeastern Asia; the nuts yield oil used in varnishes; nut kernels strung together are used locally as candles


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  • It's a unique blend of influences from various regions, "the chef said as he excitedly revealed some ingredients he chose to carry home with him, such as candlenut, bamboo shoots and some sambals.

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  • She also introduces us to such exotics as the candlenut (an obscure cousin of the macadamia), galangal (a sweetly pungent relative of ginger) and pandan (an aromatic leaf that lends its distinctive touch to oriental rice).

    The Spice Merchant's Daughter

  • This isn't a trophy, it's the parfait glass with the lit candlenut!

    The Results

  • At that height a shower of rain falls on nearly every day in the year, and the result is a green sward which England can hardly rival, a perfect sea of verdure, darkened in the valley and more than half way up the hill sides by the foliage of the yellow-blossomed and almost impenetrable hibiscus, brightened here and there by the pea-green candlenut.

    The Hawaiian Archipelago

  • The stores and dwellings of the foreign residents are scattered along the shore, and the light frame house, with its green verandah, buried amid gorgeous exotics and shaded by candlenut and breadfruit, looks as seemly and in keeping as in far-off Massachusetts, under hickory and elm.

    The Hawaiian Archipelago

  • Their architecture is absolutely unostentatious, and their one beauty is that they are embowered among trailers, shadowed by superb exotics, and surrounded by banks of flowers, while the stately cocoanut, the banana, and the candlenut, the aborigines of Oahu, are nowhere displaced.

    The Hawaiian Archipelago

  • First Willie was given the seed of the candlenut tree.


  • At the confluence of the Scurge with the Karbashe was Erch, a sleepy village almost hidden in the shade of enormous candlenut trees, where long ago the Tan-chinaros had defeated the Elements.

    Trullion: Alastor 2262

  • Rabendary Island comprised about a hundred acres, including a thirty-acre forest of mena, blackwood, candlenut, semprissima.

    Trullion: Alastor 2262

  • Archipelago; cuttings of seedless breadfruit and of sugarcane, fleshy roots of taro and yams; even trees, like the Indian almond and the candlenut.

    Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Fourteenth Annual Meeting Washington D.C. September 26, 27 and 28 1923


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