candle nut

candlenut

[kan-dl-nuht]
noun
1.
the oily fruit or nut of a southeastern Asian tree, Aleurites moluccana, of the spurge family, the kernels of which when strung together are used locally as candles.
2.
the tree itself.
Also called candleberry.


Origin:
1850–55; candle + nut

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candlenut (ˈkændəlˌnʌt)
 
n
1.  a euphorbiaceous tree, Aleurites mollucana, of tropical Asia and Polynesia
2.  the nut of this tree, which yields an oil used in paints and varnishes. In their native regions the nuts are strung together and burned as candles

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