One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Of, resembling, or reminiscent of the almond tree or its fruit. Now rare.
2Originally and chiefly US. Usually as postpositive. Designating a dish garnished or served with almonds, as "green beans almondine", "trout almondine", etc.
Late Middle English; earliest use found in Cursor Mundi: a Northumbrian poem of the 14th century. Probably originally from almond + -en. The some forms in Middle English may show a phonetic development from the some forms, or may show a remodelling (or an independent formation) after words in -ine.
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