Definition of candlenut in US English:



  • An evergreen tree of the spurge family, with large seeds that yield an oil used for lighting and other purposes, native to Southeast Asia and the South Pacific islands.

    Aleurites moluccana, family Euphorbiaceae

    Also called candleberry
    • ‘They are recommended as a substitute in Indonesian recipes for candlenuts, which are more difficult to obtain in the West.’
    • ‘Like practically everything else that grows in Hawai`i, the candlenut was imported here.’
    • ‘In Timor-Leste today, candlenut is starting to become a good source of income for many people.’
    • ‘The classic Peranakan dish of chicken cooked with tar-black stuffed candlenuts is unbelievably delicious.’
    • ‘In a food processor, purée the lemongrass, garlic, turmeric, galangal, ginger, candlenuts, onion, chilies, and blachan.’