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butternut

[buht-er-nuht] /ˈbʌt ərˌnʌt/
noun
1.
Also called white walnut. the edible oily nut of an American tree, Juglans cinerea, of the walnut family.
2.
the tree itself.
3.
the light-brown wood of this tree, used for making furniture.
4.
the light-brown color resulting from a dye made from this tree.
5.
U.S. History. a Confederate soldier or partisan, especially one whose uniform was dyed with an extract from this tree.
Origin
1735-1745
1735-45, Americanism; so called from the nut's oiliness
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British Dictionary definitions for butter nut

butternut

/ˈbʌtəˌnʌt/
noun
1.
a walnut tree, Juglans cinerea of E North America Compare black walnut
2.
the oily edible egg-shaped nut of this tree
3.
the hard brownish-grey wood of this tree
4.
the bark of this tree or an extract from it, formerly used as a laxative
5.
a brownish colour or dye
6.
(NZ) short for butternut pumpkin
Also called (for senses 1–4) white walnut
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Word Origin and History for butter nut

butternut

n.

also butter-nut, 1753, nut of the white walnut, a North American tree; transferred to the tree itself from 1783. The nut's color was a brownish-gray, hence the word was used (1861) to describe the warm gray color of the Southern army uniforms in the American Civil War.

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Slang definitions & phrases for butter nut

Butternut

noun

A Confederate soldier

[1863+; fr the fact that many such soldiers, esp fr rural areas, were dressed in homespun colored with dye made fr butternuts]


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