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.
3. Anything shaped like an almond.
<anatomy> Specifically: 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.
Origin: OE. Almande, almaunde, alemaunde, F. Amande, L. Amygdala, fr. Gr., cf. Sp. Almendra. Cf. Amygdalate.
(01 Mar 1998)
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