ivory nut definition

  • noun:
    • The seed regarding the ivory hand, having bony endosperm that is used as an alternative for true ivory.
    • the fan of a species of hand, the Phytephas macroarpa, often as huge as a hen's egg. Whenever young the seed includes a fluid, which gradually hardness into a whitish, close-grained, albuminous material, resembling the best ivory in surface and color, whence its called veggie ivory. It is wrought into numerous articles, as buttons, chessmen, etc. The hand can be found in New Grenada. An inferior kind may be the fresh fruit for the Phytephas microarpa. The nuts are known in trade as Corosso nuts.
    • The seed of Phytelephas macrocarpa, a low-growing hand, indigenous of south usa.
    • nutlike seed of a South United states palm; the difficult white shell takes a high polish and is useful for e.g. buttons

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