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More fully "chilgoza pine". A Himalayan pine, Pinus gerardiana, valued for its edible seeds. Also (more fully "chilgoza nut", "chilgoza seed"): the seed of this tree.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in The Penny Cyclopaedia. From Urdu čil-ġoza chilgoza seed or cone from Indo-Persian čil-ġōza pine cone (in modern Iranian Persian as čil-ġūza) from čil- + gōz walnut, (with distinguishing word) nut, seed. With forms in chal- compare Pashto chalghoza.
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