candlenut

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n candlenut seed of candlenut tree; source of soil used in varnishes
    • n candlenut large tree native to southeastern Asia; the nuts yield oil used in varnishes; nut kernels strung together are used locally as candles
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Candlenut The fruit of a euphorbiaceous tree or shrub (Aleurites moluccana), native of some of the Pacific islands. It is used by the natives as a candle, the nut kernels being strung together. The oil from the nut ( candlenut oil or kekune oil ) has many uses, including as a varnish.
    • Candlenut The tree itself (Aleurites moluccana).
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n candlenut Same as candleberry, 1.
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Usage

In literature:

One or two candlenut torches dimly illumined the figures of the squatting women who remained.
"White Shadows in the South Seas" by Frederick O'Brien
He sent his people to gather the nuts of the kukui, or candlenut-tree, and crush out the oil and prepare it for anointing his body.
"Legends of Gods and Ghosts (Hawaiian Mythology)" by W. D. (William Drake) Westervelt
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In news:

A staple in Hawaii, poke (pronounced poh-keh) is a refreshing appetizer or side dish typically made with raw fish, limu (algae), inamona (roasted, crushed candlenut) and sea salt.
The bountiful aromatics that go into Malaysian cooking, including lemon grass, chiles, star anise, candlenut and cinnamon, surround a dish of mee goreng (spicy fried noodles) at Mr Wok, 2128 Silvernail Road in Waukesha.
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