• Horse-chestnut
  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Horse-chestnut (Bot) The large nutlike seed of a species of Æsculus Æsculus Hippocastanum), formerly ground, and fed to horses, whence the name. The seed is not considered edible by humans.
    • Horse-chestnut (Bot) The tree itself (Aesculus hippocastanum), which was brought from Constantinople in the beginning of the sixteenth century, and is now common in the temperate zones of both hemispheres; it has palmate leaves and large clusters of white to red flowers followed by brown shiny inedible seeds. The native American species is also called buckeye and conker.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n horse-chestnut A dicotyledonous-leafed tree of the genus Æsculus. Æ. Hippocastanum, a large and highly ornamental tree, a native originally of Asia, was introduced into Europe about the middle of the sixteenth century. The native American species of the same genus are commonly called buckeye. The fruit of the horse-chestnut resembles the chestnut, but is coarse and bitter. See Æsculus and buckeye.
    • n horse-chestnut The nut or fruit of the horse-chestnut.
    • n horse-chestnut In entomology, a geometrid moth, Pachycnemia hippocastanaria: an English collector’ name.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Horse-chestnut a large variety of chestnut, prob. so called from its coarseness contrasted with the edible chestnut: the tree that produces it (see Chestnut)
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hors; Ice. horss, Old High Ger. hros (Ger. ross).


In literature:

Pacey challenges Mr. Sponge's chestnut horse,' repeated Jack.
"Mr. Sponge's Sporting Tour" by R. S. Surtees
Perhaps the most daring experiments were with horse-chestnuts.
"Random Reminiscences of Men and Events" by John D. Rockefeller
There were also elm and horse-chestnut trees.
"Jane Field" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
You jump from the sill of the first landing window into the horse-chestnut.
"The Hill" by Horace Annesley Vachell
Clumps of evergreens and horse-chestnuts hid all the rest.
"Janet's Love and Service" by Margaret M Robertson
Passage of pinnate to palmate leaves in horse-chestnut 439 209.
"Vegetable Teratology" by Maxwell T. Masters
His hand hesitated on the girth of the chestnut's saddle when he stood between the two horses in the barn.
"The Phantoms Of The Foot-Bridge" by Charles Egbert Craddock (AKA Mary Noailles Murfree)
Horse-chestnuts and acacias make a pleasant foreground to a prospect of considerable extent.
"New Italian sketches" by John Addington Symonds
The willows feathered along the river banks, and the horse-chestnuts budded and burst into beautiful life.
"The heart of happy hollow" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
I am trying to get my chestnut horse back, and asking the Brigade Major to telegraph for him to the Remount.
"Letters of Lt.-Col. George Brenton Laurie" by George Brenton Laurie
You know that horse chestnut, with the prickers on, that I put in dad's pants at Washington.
"Peck's Bad Boy Abroad" by George W. Peck
Horse-chestnut is another instance of the application of the term to plants.
"Domesticated Animals" by Nathaniel Southgate Shaler
The little boys were in a horse-chestnut tree, at the side of the house.
"The Peterkin Papers" by Lucretia P Hale
His attendant took his horse, and walked the beautiful animal up and down in the shade of the chestnut-trees.
"A German Pompadour" by Marie Hay
Then Sep remembered his friends the squirrels, and he mounted his horse and rode away to the chestnut-tree where they lived.
"The Magic World" by Edith Nesbit
Then a chestnut horse came round a corner of the range, upon which sat a man whose arms were apparently helpless.
"Nevermore" by Rolf Boldrewood
The house itself was so shaded by horse-chestnuts that grass refused to grow in the door-yard.
"Dr. Lavendar's People" by Margaret Deland
Deirdre pressed her heels into the chestnut: she and the horse disappeared among the trees.
"The Pioneers" by Katharine Susannah Prichard
In the neighbourhood of York the horse-chestnut was then a rarity.
"Toronto of Old" by Henry Scadding
A pill as big as a horse chestnut and made of bread crusts was forced down the victim's throat.
"With the Battle Fleet" by Franklin Matthews

In poetry:

And as for horses, why, betwixt
Our chestnut mare and Rover
The mutual friendship is as fixed
As any love of lover.
"Rover" by Henry Kendall
So farewell to the Yarraman old warhorse, farewell,
Be you mulga bred chestnut or bay.
If there's a hereafter for horses as well
Then may we be with you some day.
"Farewell Old War Horse" by Anonymous Oceania
"The horse is her master!" "The green forges past her!"
"The Clown will outlast her!" "The Clown wins!" "The Clown!"
The white railing races with all the white faces,
The chestnut outpaces, outstretches the brown.
"How We Beat The Favourite" by Adam Lindsay Gordon
Now the chestnut burrs are down; aspen-shaws are pale;
Now across the plunging reef reels the last red sail.
Ere the wild, black horses cry, ere the night has birth,
Take, ere yet you say good-bye, the love of all the earth.
"The Little Fauns To Proserpine" by Marjorie Lowry Christie Pickthall
With the advent of the Autumn
Trees behave as Nature taught 'em;
Maple, Sumach, Plum and Poplar, and the Chestnut known as Horse,
Ere they shed the Summer fashion,
Break into a perfect passion
Of sweet rivalry in color (if deciduous, of course).
"Autumn Song" by C J Dennis

In news:

The 3-year-old chestnut I'll Have Another is not the only horse at Belmont Park looking to accomplish a racing feat not done since the 1970s.
I WAS in one of those down-at-the-mouth moods one morning last week as my cab tore down Fifth Avenue, when a horse-chestnut tree hailed me from Central Park.
PHOENIX – Conquistador Program Director and friend, Wendy K Hart, has saved the life of a beautiful 7 year-old chestnut quarter horse mare in Colorado named Miss Meira for the Conquistador Program.
Music, roasted chestnuts, and horse-drawn wagon rides are part of the draw.
Plus, horse-drawn carriage rides, hot roasted chestnuts, and more.