One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the squirrel cracks the nut's shell and extracts the rich kernel’
seed, grain, heart, core, stone
North American meat
2‘the foreword contained the kernel of the policy’
essence, core, heart, essential part, essentials, quintessence, fundamentals, basics, nub, gist, substance, burden, heart of the matter, marrow, meat, pith, crux
informal nitty-gritty, nuts and bolts, brass tacks
3‘there may be a kernel of truth in what he says’
nucleus, centre, germ, grain, nugget
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