• WordNet 3.6
    • n Aleurites candlenut
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n aleurites A genus of plants, natural order Euphorbiaceæ. The most important species, A. triloba (the candleberry-tree), a tree 30 to 40 feet high, is a native of the Moluccas and some of the Pacific islands, and is cultivated in tropical countries for its nuts, which abound in oil, and when dried are used by the Polynesian islanders as a substitute for candles, whence they are called candlenuts or candleberries. The oil expressed from the kernels dries rapidly, and is known as country walnut or artists' oil, or kekune-oil. A. cordat is the Chinese varnish-tree, and the oil from its seeds is used in China in painting.
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ALEURITES, a tree belonging to the nat.
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