One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A North American walnut tree which is cultivated as an ornamental and also for its quality timber.
Juglans cinerea, family Juglandaceae
- ‘These include oaks, hickories, buckeyes, chestnuts, butternuts, walnuts and hazels.’
- ‘Although not the largest of its kind in the U.S., the butternut is sizable at about 80 feet tall with a 16-foot circumference.’
- ‘The fungus Sirococcus clavigignenti-juglandacearum has ravaged butternut, or white walnut, trees.’
- ‘Local materials were used to make the stains, including walnut bark, walnut hulls, and butternut hulls.’
- ‘Where growth rings are fluted slightly, as in butternut, basswood, and sometimes black walnut, an irregular but interesting figure results.’
- 1.1 The edible oily nut of the butternut.
- ‘Diners can expect butternut and sweet potato soup garnished with chopped coriander and coconut milk, followed by Cape Malay prawns.’
- ‘You get a similarly hearty feel from a butternut risotto or a butternut take on a potato gratin.’
- ‘The butternut or American white walnut, J. cinerea, also grows in the eastern states, and also has a troublesome hard shell.’
- ‘The butternuts that give the tree its name are also good for cooking and eating, Arch, the Cherokee artist, says.’
- ‘For Soups and Sauces, Daylesford came out top with beetroot and bacon soup and commended for butternut, sage and onion soup.’
2US historical, informal A US Confederate soldier or supporter (so called because the fabric of the Confederate uniform was typically homespun and dyed with butternut extract).
- ‘Since, by definition, only one ‘real’ hero of Gettysburg exists, and since this paragon wore a uniform of blue, this would bar from consideration any of the butternuts contending from the other side of the field.’
- ‘Because of the commonness of such uniforms, Yankees often referred to Confederate soldiers as "butternuts."’
- ‘From that place I wrote incident after incident concerning the most inhuman barbarity that had been enacted by citizen guerrillas and butternut soldiers.’
- ‘The men of the 6th Wisconsin, the 95th New York, and the 14th Brooklyn would apparently qualify as also-rans despite their sacrifice as they charged the Butternuts sheltered in the Railroad Cut.’
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