What does candlenut mean?

candlenut meaning in General Dictionary

The fruit of a euphorbiaceous tree or shrub Aleurites moluccana indigenous of a number of the Pacific countries It is used by the natives as a candle the fan kernels being strung together The oil from the nut candlenut oil or kekune oil has its own uses including as a varnish

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  • large tree native to southeastern Asia; the peanuts yield oil found in varnishes; nut kernels strung collectively are utilized locally as candle lights
  • seed of candlenut tree; supply of soil used in varnishes

Sentence Examples with the word candlenut

The kukui grows along streams and gulches; from its nuts, which are very oily, the natives used to make candles, and it is still frequently called the candlenut tree.

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