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nutcracker

[nuht-krak-er] /ˈnʌtˌkræk ər/
noun
1.
an instrument or device for cracking the shells of nuts.
2.
any of several corvine birds of the genus Nucifraga that feed on nuts, as the common nutcracker, N. caryocatactes, of Europe and Clark's nutcracker, N. columbiana, of the western U.S.
Origin of nutcracker
1540-1550
1540-50; nut + cracker
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Examples from the web for nutcracker
  • Using a nutcracker or wood mallet, crack the shell of each leg and claw section.
  • If you want to shell a walnut, it helps to have a nutcracker.
British Dictionary definitions for nutcracker

nutcracker

/ˈnʌtˌkrækə/
noun
1.
(often pl) a device for cracking the shells of nuts
2.
either of two birds, Nucifraga caryocatactes of the Old World or N. columbianus (Clark's nutcracker) of North America, having speckled plumage and feeding on nuts, seeds, etc: family Corvidae (crows)
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