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kernel (ˈkɜːnəl)
1.  the edible central part of a seed, nut, or fruit within the shell or stone
2.  the grain of a cereal, esp wheat, consisting of the seed in a hard husk
3.  the central or essential part of something
vb , -nels, -nelling, -nelled, -nels, -neling, -neled
4.  rare (intr) to form kernels
[Old English cyrnel a little seed, from corn seed; see corn1]

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