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pignut

[pig-nuht] /ˈpɪgˌnʌt/
noun
1.
the nut of the brown hickory, Carya glabra, of North America.
2.
the tree itself.
3.
the tuber of a European plant, Conopodium denudatum.
Origin
1600-1610
1600-10; pig1 + nut
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British Dictionary definitions for pignut

pignut

/ˈpɪɡˌnʌt/
noun
1.
Also called hognut
  1. the bitter nut of any of several North American hickory trees, esp Carya glabra (brown hickory)
  2. any of the trees bearing such a nut
2.
another name for earthnut
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hognut

(Conopodium majus), European plant of the carrot family (Apiaceae), so called because of its edible tubers. It grows in woods and fields in the British Isles and from Norway, France, Spain, and Portugal to Italy and Corsica. The slender, smooth perennial, growing 750 mm to 1 m (30 to 39 inches) high, has much-divided leaves and small, white flowers in compound umbels. The tubers, reaching 25 mm (1 inch) in diameter, are more commonly used as food on the Continent than in Britain. The peanut, or groundnut, is sometimes called earthnut

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