Strong, valuable, hardwood trees of the genus Juglans native to the temperate climates of the northern hemisphere. Walnut trees have fine-grain, uniform wood that polishes to a high gloss. They are used for furniture, painting panels, frames, sculptures, veneer, piano cases, carving, and gun stocks. A drying oil is pressed from the nut kernels and is used in artist paints. Ground nut shells are used as a filler in plastics and as a soft abrasive. A dark brown dye can also be extracted from the nut shells.
-American or black walnut (J. nigra): native to the eastern U.S.
-Butternut or white walnut (J. cinerea): native to the eastern U.S.
-California walnut (J. californica): native to the western U.S.
-English, Circassian, Persian, French walnut (J. regia): native to Eurasia
-Chinese walnut (J. cathayensis): native to Asia
Synonyms and Related Terms
noyer (Fr.); Walnuss (Deut.); noce (It.); nogueira (Port.); nogal (Esp.); Queen Ann's cabinet wood; Butternut or white walnut (J. cinerea); California walnut (Juglans californica); English walnut (Circassian walnut, Persian walnut, French walnut (Juglans regia); Chinese walnut (Juglans cathayensis)
Sources Checked for Data in Record
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