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

  • n. The round, hard-shelled nut or the edible seed of the Australian tree Macadamia ternifolia, now cultivated in Hawaii.

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  • n. the hard-shelled edible seed of the macadamia tree

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The hard-shelled nut of the Macadamia ternifolia, or the delicious edible nut without its shell; large quantities are produced in Hawaii and sold commercially.

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

  • n. nutlike seed with sweet and crisp white meat
  • n. small Australian tree with racemes of pink flowers; widely cultivated (especially in Hawaii) for its sweet edible nuts


New Latin Macadamia, genus name, after John Macadam (1827-1865), Scottish-born Australian chemist.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


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