chestnut

Definitions

  • Chestnut vender
    Chestnut vender
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj chestnut (of hair or feathers) of a golden brown to reddish brown color "a chestnut horse","chestnut hair"
    • n chestnut a dark golden-brown or reddish-brown horse
    • n chestnut a small horny callus on the inner surface of a horse's leg
    • n chestnut the brown color of chestnuts
    • n chestnut edible nut of any of various chestnut trees of the genus Castanea
    • n chestnut any of several attractive deciduous trees yellow-brown in autumn; yield a hard wood and edible nuts in a prickly bur
    • n chestnut wood of any of various chestnut trees of the genus Castanea
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Chestnut Chair Chestnut Chair
chestnut chestnut
Chinquapin Oak. Chestnut Oak. Yellow Oak Chinquapin Oak. Chestnut Oak. Yellow Oak
Horse-chestnut Horse-chestnut
CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER
CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER FAMILY CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER FAMILY

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Chestnut A bright brown color, like that of the nut.
    • Chestnut An old joke or story.
    • a Chestnut Of or pertaining of a chestnut; of a reddish brown color; as, chestnut curls.
    • Chestnut One of the round, or oval, horny plates on the inner sides of the legs of the horse, and allied animals.
    • Chestnut (Bot) The edible nut of a forest tree (Castanea vesce) of Europe and America. Commonly two or more of the nuts grow in a prickly bur.
    • Chestnut The horse chestnut (often so used in England).
    • Chestnut The tree itself, or its light, coarse-grained timber, used for ornamental work, furniture, etc.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n chestnut The fruit of trees of the genus Castanea. See 2. The chestnuts of commerce known as Spanish or sweet chestnuts are obtained from Spain and Italy, and are larger though less sweet than the American variety.
    • n chestnut The tree Castanea vesca, natural order Cupuliferœ, a native of western Asia, southern Europe, and the United States east of the Mississippi. It is a stately tree, attaining a height of from 80 to 100 feet, bearing staminate flowers in long slender aments, and nuts inclosed two or three together in a globose prickly envelop called the bur. The wood is light, soft, coarse-grained, and brittle; it is largely used in cabinet-making, and for railway-ties, fencing, etc. The young wood is more elastic, and is used for hoops and similar purposes.
    • n chestnut A name given to certain trees or plants of other genera, and to their fruit. See below.
    • n chestnut The color of a chestnut; a reddish-brown color.
    • n chestnut In farriery, the bur or horny wart-like excrescence on the inner side of a horse's leg.
    • n chestnut [In allusion to a stale or worm-eaten chestnut.] An old joke; a trite jest; a stale pun or anecdote; a “Joe Miller.”
    • n chestnut A worn-out phrase or catchword; a phrase or expression serious in form and intent, but which has ceased, through futile repetition, to command interest or respect.
    • chestnut Of the color of a chestnut; of a reddish-brown color; castaneous.
    • chestnut Also spelled chesnut.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Chestnut ches′nut a nut or fruit enclosed in a prickly case: the tree that bears it:
    • adj Chestnut of a chestnut colour, reddish-brown
    • n Chestnut ches′nut (slang) a stale joke or story
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Idioms

Old chestnut - An old chestnut is something that has been repeated so many times that it has lost its impact.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
For chesten-nut,; OE. chestein, chesten, chastein, chestnut, fr. AS. cisten, in cistenbeám, chestnut tree, influenced by OF. chastaigne, F. châtaigne, both the AS. and the F. words coming from L. castanea, a chestnut, Gr. , fr. a city of Pontus, where chestnut trees grew in abundance, and whence they were introduced into Europe. Cf. Castanets
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. chastaigne—L. castanea—Gr. kastanon, from Castana, in Pontus.

Usage

In literature:

Hazels and filberts are next, then Persian walnuts, butternuts, native chestnuts, Chinese chestnuts, pecans.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Thirty-Fourth Annual Report 1943" by Various
In one pocket he carried his private collection of talismans, including a horse-chestnut and a picture of a mouse.
"Pipefuls" by Christopher Morley
In 1946 the part of the chestnut crop that was harvested was infested with the chestnut curculios.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Thirty-Eighth Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
Chestnuts are used largely by the peasants of Italy.
"No Animal Food" by Rupert H. Wheldon
CHESTNUT-BACKED BLUEBIRD (SIALIA MEXICANA ANABELAE).
"Ohio Arbor Day 1913: Arbor and Bird Day Manual" by Various
The latter with the quickness and agility of a deer sprang at the staff, grasped it and sent it whirling into the chestnut grove.
"Monte-Cristo's Daughter" by Edmund Flagg
The farmers grow pigs and things but don't bother with chestnut trees; consequently the chestnut blight does not exist there.
"Northern Nut Growers Association, Report of the Proceedings at the Third Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
Of the soft woods chestnut has the best grain for finishing, being hardly distinguishable from red oak.
"Mission Furniture" by H. H. Windsor
Above 6000 feet are to be seen the rhododendron, the deodar and other hill cypresses, and the beautiful horse-chestnut.
"Birds of the Indian Hills" by Douglas Dewar
Chestnut on the telephone.
"The Heart of Arethusa" by Francis Barton Fox
By dint of eating chestnuts, we're like to grow into chestnuts.
"The Gods are Athirst" by Anatole France
And there are some chestnuts.
"Romola" by George Eliot
The inhabitants were fully occupied with the chestnut harvest.
"The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, Volume I and Volume II" by A.E. Nordenskieold
First, the group to which the chestnut worm, or chestnut weevil, belongs.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Eleventh Annual Meeting" by Various
And then there was a wood of chestnuts carpeted with pale pink ling, a place to dream of in the twilight.
"New Italian sketches" by John Addington Symonds
The greater wing-coverts are of a rich chestnut, the feet and legs being of a lake colour.
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston
Christmas came on Sunday that year and the Saturday evening mail at Chestnut Terrace had been an exciting one.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1896 to 1901" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
I suppose you will lead the forces of Chestnut Hill?
"The Flag" by Homer Greene
For I've guessed what you mean about liking chestnuts.
"The Brass Bound Box" by Evelyn Raymond
Its favorite habitat seems to be injured places on chestnut trees, and about chestnut stumps.
"The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise" by M. E. Hard
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In poetry:

Fair with its sloping vineyards
And tawny chestnut bloom,
The happy vale Ausonius sunk
For holy Treves made room.
"The Vision Of Echard" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Oh! laburnum yellow,
Lilac and the rose,
Chestnut shadow mellow
In my garden-close,
And Summer, Summer coming in!
"The Coming-In Of Summer" by Thomas MacDonagh
Its fur is red as the red chestnut,
And it is small and slim;
It leads a life most innocent
Within the forest dim.
"The Wood-Mouse" by Mary Botham Howitt
I saw him sit and his dinner eat,
All under the forest tree;
His dinner of Chestnut ripe and red,
And he ate it heartily.
"The Wood-Mouse" by Mary Botham Howitt
I think of Mother when I see
tall chestnut candles on a tree,
my Mother always kept a light,
for us when we were out at night.
"I think Of Mother" by Edna Jacues
Chestnut candles are lit again
For the dead that died in spring:
Dead lovers walk the orchard ways,
And the dead cuckoos sing.
"In Memoriam D. O. M." by William Kerr

In news:

2009 Chestnut Filly Two Punch.
A 3-year-old chestnut gelding trained by Rick Dutrow, Jeter scored his second win in nine starts in the race for New York breds.
Christina Izzo/The Times A Trenton man was sent to the hospital with rib injuries after the car he was driving and an unmarked police car collided at the intersection of Chestnut Avenue and South Broad Street.
More water leaks are frustrating residents in Fredonia, but a recent, fast-flowing leak on Chestnut Street is expected to be resolved today.
I had a chance to ask him why, and plenty more during a recent phone conversation after he was introduced in Chestnut Hill.
OG 1.075, ABV 7.0%, 35 IBU, deep chestnut color.
2008 Chestnut Filly Sky Mesa.
Charles Vickery, 41, of 108 Chestnut St, is charged with first-degree assault and criminal possession of a weapon.
St Vincent de Paul School 206 East Chestnut Street Mount Vernon, OH 43050 740-393-3611.
4-4a Chestnut St is on the market in Boston.
It's the new kiosk system at Chestnut Hill's seven community lots.
Enlarge Robert Sciarrino/The Star-Ledger John Breen, (seated), the father of Bryan Breen, is surrounded by family and friends during the burial service of his son at the Chestnut Hill Cemetery.
Saying goodbye to her long, red hair, the British star sported shoulder-length chestnut locks and a megawatt grin.
Brussels sprouts braised with bacon and chestnuts.
2007 Chestnut Mare City Zip.
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