Etym: [OE. almande, almaunde, alemaunde, F. amande, L. amygdala, fr. Gr. almendra. Cf. Amygdalate.]
1 The fruit of the almond tree.
Note: The different kinds, as bitter, sweet, thin-shelled, thick- shelled almonds, and Jordan almonds, are the products of different varieties of the one species, Amygdalus communis, a native of the Mediterranean region and western Asia.
2 The tree bears the fruit; almond tree.
3 Anything shaped like an almond. Specifically: (Anat.)
One of the tonsils. Almond oil, fixed oil expressed from sweet or bitter almonds.
— Oil of bitter almonds, a poisonous volatile oil obtained from bitter almonds by maceration and distillation; benzoic aldehyde.
— Imitation oil of bitter almonds, nitrobenzene.
— Almond tree (Bot.), the tree bearing the almond.
— Almond willow (Bot.), a willow which has leaves that are of a light green on both sides; almond-leaved willow (Salix amygdalina). Shenstone.