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buckeye

[buhk-ahy] /ˈbʌkˌaɪ/
noun, plural buckeyes.
1.
any of various trees or shrubs of the genus Aesculus, as A. glabra (Ohio buckeye) having palmate leaves, gray, scaly bark, and bell-shaped greenish-yellow flowers in upright clusters: the state tree of Ohio.
2.
the brown nut of any of these trees.
3.
(initial capital letter) a native or inhabitant of Ohio (used as a nickname).
4.
a butterfly, Precis lavinia, having dark-brown wings with purple or red eyespots.
Origin
1755-1765
1755-65, Americanism; buck1 stag + eye, orig. used to designate def. 1, in allusion to the look of the seed
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buckeye

/ˈbʌkˌaɪ/
noun
1.
any of several North American trees of the genus Aesculus, esp A. glabra (Ohio buckeye), having erect clusters of white or red flowers and prickly fruits: family Hippocastanaceae See also horse chestnut
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Word Origin and History for buck-eye
n.

"American horse chestnut," 1763, said to be so called from resemblance of the nut to a stag's eye. See buck (n.1) + eye (n.). Meaning "native of Ohio" is attested since 1822.

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