One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The hard seed capsule of the marri tree.‘they threw honky nuts at the parrots’
- ‘What I think of as a proper honky nut is about the size of the last section of your thumb, and vaguely spiked.’
- ‘It's a stretch of road lined with honky nut trees.’
- ‘How about climbing trees to chuck honky-nuts at your annoying little brothers?’
- ‘We used to collect them by the bucket load at school and have honky nut wars between teams of kids.’
- ‘I don't know what the correct name is for these things, but as kids, we called any sort of large nut a "honky nut".’
- ‘The girls trod gingerly over dry and decayed honky nuts that had fallen from the marri gum.’
- ‘We walked around the oval and picked some more honky nuts and pine cones.’
- ‘He showed him some of the honky nuts lying near his tree.’
- ‘He balanced a honky-nut on his head.’
- ‘Did you throw a honky nut, Jimmy?’
1980s: of unknown origin.
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