1. The fruit of the almond tree.

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 bears the fruit; almond tree.

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.

<botany> Almond tree, a willow which has leaves that are of a light green on both sides; almond-leaved willow (Salix amygdalina).

Origin: OE. Almande, almaunde, alemaunde, F. Amande, L. Amygdala, fr. Gr., cf. Sp. Almendra. Cf. Amygdalate.

(01 Mar 1998)