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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Wal"nut
The fruit or nut of any tree of the genus Juglans; also, the tree, and its timber. The seven or eight known species are all natives of the north temperate zone.

Note: ☞ In some parts of America, especially in New England, the name walnut is given to several species of hickory (Carya), and their fruit.

Etymology: OE. walnot, AS. wealh-hnutu a Welsh or foreign nut, a walnut; wealh foreign, strange, n., a Welshman, Celt (akin to OHG. Walh, properly, a Celt, from the name of a Celtic tribe, in L. Volcae) + hnutu a nut; akin to D. walnoot, G. walnuss, Icel. valhnot, Sw. valnöt, Dan valnöd. See Nut, and cf. Welsh

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  1. Nut of any of various walnut trees having a wrinkled two-lobed seed with a hard shell
  2. Any of various trees of the genus Juglans
  3. Hard dark-brown wood of any of various walnut trees; used especially for furniture and paneling

From Middle English walnutte, walnot, walnotte, walnote, from Old English walhhnutu (“walnut”, literally “foreign nut”), from Proto-Germanic *walhaz (“Celt, Roman, foreigner”) (whence Walloon, Welsh) + *hnuts (whence nut). Cognate with Dutch walnoot, German Walnuss, Swedish valnöt, Icelandic valhnota. Compare more recent term Welsh onion, which also uses Welsh to mean “foreign”.

  1. A hardwood tree of the genus Juglans.
  2. A nut of the walnut tree.
  3. Wood of the walnut tree.
  4. Dark brown colour, the colour of walnut wood.

Fun Facts about the name Walnut

  • When was the first name Walnut first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Walnut is Monday, August 16th, 1897.
  • How unique is the name Walnut? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Walnut. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Walnut: Your name in reverse order is Tunlaw. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Altwun. How do you pronounce that?

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Past life for Walnut born Sep 9, 1940

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Ontario approximately on 1300. Your profession was warrior, hunter, fisherman, and executor of sacrifices.

You always liked to travel, to investigate, could have been detective or spy. You should develop your talent for love, happiness and enthusiasm and to distribute these feelings to all people.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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