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black walnut

noun
1.
a tree, Juglans nigra, of North America, having pinnate leaves and dark-brown bark and bearing an edible nut covered by a thick green or brown husk.
2.
the nut of this tree.
3.
the wood of this tree, valued in furniture-making.
Origin of black walnut
1605-1615
1605-15, Americanism
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  • White-walnut, or butter-nut, and black-walnut, are not so good as the English walnut.

  • The heavy honesty of black-walnut depressed her after the gilded stucco of her mother's salon.

    On the Stairs Henry B. Fuller
  • But the children were not allowed to make use of them, so they languished in the black-walnut bureau.

    My Friend Annabel Lee Mary MacLane
  • She was a good-hearted creature, but she belonged to the black-walnut and marble-group period.

  • On a black-walnut shelf between the windows lay a choice collection of meerschaum and brier-wood pipes.

    Miss Mehetabel's Son Thomas Bailey Aldrich
  • There were black-walnut forests in places, with timber almost as hard as horn.

    In The Boyhood of Lincoln Hezekiah Butterworth
  • The color rose in her cheeks and neck and up to her black-walnut hair till the red dress and the red face looked all of a flame.

    Aunt Crete's Emancipation Grace Livingston Hill
  • A few years after building Markson's house, I went with a Southern friend into a black-walnut speculation.

  • black-walnut wood has long been famous for its beauty, and it grows deeper and darker with age.

    Among the Trees at Elmridge Ella Rodman Church
British Dictionary definitions for black-walnut

black walnut

noun
1.
a North American walnut tree, Juglans nigra, with hard dark wood and edible oily nuts
2.
the valuable wood of this tree, used for cabinet work
3.
the nut of this tree
Compare butternut (sense 1), butternut (sense 2), butternut (sense 3), butternut (sense 4)
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