Ivory nut

Definition of Ivory nut

(Bot.) the nut of a species of palm, the Phytephas macroarpa, often as large as a hen's egg. When young the seed contains a fluid, which gradually hardness into a whitish, close-grained, albuminous substance, resembling the finest ivory in texture and color, whence it is called vegetable ivory. It is wrought into various articles, as buttons, chessmen, etc. The palm is found in New Grenada. A smaller kind is the fruit of the Phytephas microarpa. The nuts are known in commerce as Corosso nuts.

See also: Ivory

Related Words

apple nut, ivory palm, ivory plant, ivory-nut palm, Phytelephas macrocarpa, seed, vegetable ivory
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