Definition for AL'MOND

AL'MOND, n. [Fr. amande; It. mandola; Sp. almendra; Germ. mandel.]

  1. The fruit of the almond tree; an ovate, compressed nut, perforated in the pores. It is either sweet or bitter. [It is popularly pronounced ammond.] – Nicholson. Encyc.
  2. The tonsils, two glands near the basis of the tongue, are called almonds, from their resemblance to that nut; vulgarly, but improperly, called the almonds of the ears, as they belong to the throat. – Quincy. Johnson.
  3. In Portugal, a measure by which wine is sold, twenty-six of which make a pipe. – Encyc. [But in Portuguese it is written almude.]
  4. Among lapidaries, almonds signify pieces of rock crystal, used in adorning branch candlesticks, so called from their resemblance to this fruit. – Encyc.

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