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Meaning of butternut

but•ter•nut

Pronunciation: (but'ur-nut"), [key]
— n.
  1. Also calledthe edible oily nut of an American tree, Juglans cinerea, of the walnut family.
  2. the tree itself.
  3. the light-brown wood of this tree, used for making furniture.
  4. the light-brown color resulting from a dye made from this tree.
  5. a Confederate soldier or partisan, esp. one whose uniform was dyed with an extract from this tree.
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Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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