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  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Almond  \Alm"ond\  ([aum]"m[u^]nd),  n.  [OE.  almande  almaunde 
  alemaunde  F.  amande,  L.  amygdala,  fr  Gr  'amygda`lh:  cf 
  Sp  almendra  Cf  {Amygdalate}.] 
  1.  The  fruit  of  the  almond  tree. 
 
  Note:  The  different  kinds,  as  bitter,  sweet,  thin-shelled, 
  thick-shelled  almonds,  and  Jordan  almonds,  are  the 
  products  of  different  varieties  of  the  one  species, 
  {Amygdalus  communis},  a  native  of  the  Mediterranean 
  region  and  western  Asia. 
 
  2.  The  tree  that  bears  the  fruit;  almond  tree. 
 
  3.  Anything  shaped  like  an  almond.  Specifically:  (Anat.)  One 
  of  the  tonsils. 
 
  {Almond  oil},  fixed  oil  expressed  from  sweet  or  bitter 
  almonds. 
 
  {Oil  of  bitter  almonds},  a  poisonous  volatile  oil  obtained 
  from  bitter  almonds  by  maceration  and  distillation; 
  benzoic  aldehyde. 
 
  {Imitation  oil  of  bitter  almonds},  nitrobenzene. 
 
  {Almond  tree}  (Bot.),  the  tree  bearing  the  almond. 
 
  {Almond  willow}  (Bot.),  a  willow  which  has  leaves  that  are  of 
  a  light  green  on  both  sides;  almond-leaved  willow  ({Salix 
  amygdalina}).  --Shenstone. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  almond 
  n  1:  small  bushy  deciduous  tree  native  to  Asia  and  North  Africa 
  having  pretty  pink  blossoms  and  highly  prized  edible 
  nuts  enclosed  in  a  hard  green  hull;  cultivated  in 
  southern  Australia  and  California  [syn:  {sweet  almond}, 
  {Prunus  dulcis},  {Prunus  amygdalus},  {Amygdalus  communis}] 
  2:  oval-shaped  edible  seed  of  the  almond  tree 
 
  From  U.S.  Gazetteer  (1990)  [gazetteer]: 
 
  Almond,  NC 
  Zip  code(s):  28702 
  Almond,  NY  (village,  FIPS  1440) 
  Location:  42.31898  N,  77.73954  W 
  Population  (1990):  458  (202  housing  units) 
  Area:  1.5  sq  km  (land),  0.0  sq  km  (water) 
  Zip  code(s):  14804 
  Almond,  WI  (village,  FIPS  1400) 
  Location:  44.26131  N,  89.40874  W 
  Population  (1990):  455  (201  housing  units) 
  Area:  2.7  sq  km  (land),  0.0  sq  km  (water) 
  Zip  code(s):  54909 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Almond 
  a  native  of  Syria  and  Palestine.  In  form  blossoms,  and  fruit  it 
  resembles  the  peach  tree.  Its  blossoms  are  of  a  very  pale  pink 
  colour,  and  appear  before  its  leaves.  Its  Hebrew  name  _shaked_, 
  signifying  "wakeful,  hastening,"  is  given  to  it  on  account  of 
  its  putting  forth  its  blossoms  so  early,  generally  in  February, 
  and  sometimes  even  in  January.  In  Eccl.  12:5,  it  is  referred  to 
  as  illustrative,  probably,  of  the  haste  with  which  old  age 
  comes  There  are  others  however,  who  still  contend  for  the  old 
  interpretation  here  "The  almond  tree  bears  its  blossoms  in  the 
  midst  of  winter,  on  a  naked,  leafless  stem,  and  these  blossoms 
  (reddish  or  flesh-coloured  in  the  beginning)  seem  at  the  time  of 
  their  fall  exactly  like  white  snow-flakes.  In  this  way  the 
  almond  blossom  is  a  very  fitting  symbol  of  old  age,  with  its 
  silvery  hair  and  its  wintry,  dry,  barren,  unfruitful  condition." 
  In  Jer.  1:11  "I  see  a  rod  of  an  almond  tree  [shaked]...for  I 
  will  hasten  [shaked]  my  word  to  perform  it"  the  word  is  used  as 
  an  emblem  of  promptitude.  Jacob  desired  his  sons  (Gen.  43:11)  to 
  take  with  them  into  Egypt  of  the  best  fruits  of  the  land, 
  almonds,  etc.,  as  a  present  to  Joseph,  probably  because  this 
  tree  was  not  a  native  of  Egypt.  Aaron's  rod  yielded  almonds 
  (Num.  17:8;  Heb.  9:4).  Moses  was  directed  to  make  certain  parts 
  of  the  candlestick  for  the  ark  of  carved  work  "like  unto 
  almonds"  (Ex.  25:33,  34).  The  Hebrew  word  _luz_,  translated 
  hazel"  in  the  Authorized  Version  (Gen.  30:37),  is  rendered  in 
  the  Revised  Version  "almond."  It  is  probable  that  _luz_  denotes 
  the  wild  almond,  while  _shaked_  denotes  the  cultivated  variety. 
 




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