• Butternut
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n butternut oily egg-shaped nut of an American tree of the walnut family
    • n butternut North American walnut tree having light-brown wood and edible nuts; source of a light-brown dye
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Butternut (Bot) An American tree (Juglans cinerea) of the Walnut family, and its edible fruit; -- so called from the oil contained in the latter. Sometimes called oil nut and white walnut.
    • Butternut (Bot) The nut of the Caryocar butyrosum and Caryocar nuciferum, of S. America; -- called also Souari nut.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n butternut The fruit of Juglans cinerea, an American tree, so called from the oil it contains; also, the tree itself. The tree bears a resemblance in its general appearance to the black walnut (J. nigra), but the fruit is long, pointed, and viscous, the nut furrowed and sharply jagged, and the wood soft but close-grained and light-colored, turning yellow after exposure. The wood takes a fine polish, and is largely used in interior finish and in cabinet-work. The inner bark furnishes a brown dye, and is used as a mild cathartic. Also called white walnut.
    • n butternut The nut of Caryocar nuciferum, a lofty timber-tree of Guiana, natural order Ternstrœmaceæ. The nuts have a pleasant taste, and are exported to some extent. They are also known as souari- or suwarrow-nuts.
    • n butternut A name applied during the civil war in the United States to Confederate soldiers, in allusion to the coarse brown homespun cloth, dyed with butternut, often worn by them.
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In literature:

There were no male flowers on that butternut tree that year.
"Northern Nut Growers Association, Report of the Proceedings at the Third Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
He was just as greedy as he was ugly, and he ate leaf after leaf of the butternut tree, and grew so fat that he burst his skin.
"Woodland Tales" by Ernest Seton-Thompson
You're as eccentric as our butternut friends yonder.
"Special Messenger" by Robert W. Chambers
Invade some butternut or hickory grove on a frosty October morning, and hear the red squirrel beat the "juba" on a horizontal branch.
"Squirrels and Other Fur-Bearers" by John Burroughs
PROFESSOR SMITH: I think we will have to trust to outside fertilization by the black walnut or butternut.
"Northern Nut Growers Association, Report of the Proceedings at the Fourth Annual Meeting" by Various
It probably occurs over the natural range of the black walnut and butternut.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Eleventh Annual Meeting" by Various
Butternut furniture is often sold as circassian walnut.
"Seasoning of Wood" by Joseph B. Wagner
FRANKLIN J. KAUFMAN, 40 Butternut Street, Syracuse, New York.
"Harper's Young People, June 1, 1880" by Various
One of them wore a partial uniform of blue, while the other was of a faded, butternut tinge.
"A Waif of the Mountains" by Edward S. Ellis
Of all the fruits of the Northern forests give me the butternut; and, speaking of fruits puts me in mind of the strawberry field.
"Graham's Magazine Vol XXXIII No. 3 September 1848" by Various

In poetry:

A whisper flies to the empty sleeve
Pinned on the braidless coat
And a rumor bushes the scarred young cheek.
of a man in butternut.
"Sequel Of Appomattox" by Donald Grady Davidson
A tree they spied so yellow,
Rustling in motion queer;
In they fired, and down they dropped —
Butternuts, my dear!
Nutting, nutting—
Who'll 'list to go a-nutting?
"The Scout Toward Aldie" by Herman Melville

In news:

Butternut squash stuffed onion.
Chef's best: Adding new life to butternut squash .
Stormy weather calls for warm, inviting butternut soup.
1 butternut squash , cut in half and deseeded.
For me, one dreadful craze was butternut squash .
1 medium butternut squash , halved, seeds removed as needed, olive oil to taste, salt and pepper 2 Tbsp.
Good recipe for butternut squash .
Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese.
Mac and Cheese With Roasted Butternut Squash .
You're Doing It Wrong: Butternut Squash Soup.
Gratin of butternut squash with onions and tomatoes.
This simple and easy butternut squash, apple, and cranberry casserole recipe is a perfect addition to your holiday feast.
But this recipe for Cheesy -Butternut-Squash-Pasta-Sauce has reeled me back in.
1 cup butternut squash, diced and roasted.
Creamy butternut squash and chicken bake is easy and affordable.