CHESTNUT, n. The fruit, seed or nut of a tree belonging to the genus Fagus. It is inclosed in a prickly pericarp, which contains two or more seeds.
CHESTNUT, a. Being of the color of a chestnut; of a brown color. It is perhaps rarely used as a noun.
Being of the color of a chestnut; of a brown color. It is perhaps rarely used as a noun.
CHEST'NUT, n. [Sax. cystel, and the tree in Sax. is cystbeam or cystenbeam; L. castanea, the tree and the nut; Fr. chataigne; Arm. gistenen, or gestenen; W. castan; Sp. castaña; Port. castanha; It. castagna; G. kastanie; Sw. Dan. kastanie; from Welsh cast, envelopment, the root of castle, from separating, defending; so named from its shell or cover. It is often written chesnut.]
The fruit, seed or nut of a tree belonging to the genus Castanea. It is inclosed in prickly pericarp, which contains two or more seeds.
- The edible nut of a forest
tree (Castanea vesca) of Europe and America. Commonly two
or more of the nuts grow in a prickly bur.
- Of the color of
a chestnut; of a reddish brown color; as, chestnut
- The tree itself, or its light, coarse-
grained timber, used for ornamental work, furniture,
- A bright brown color, like that of the
- The horse chestnut (often so used in
- One of the round, or oval, horny
plates on the inner sides of the legs of the horse, and allied
- An old joke or story.