nutcracker


nutcracker

noun

  1. an instrument or device for cracking the shells of nuts.
  2. any of several corvine birds of the genus Nucifraga that feed on nuts, as the common nutcracker, N. caryocatactes, of Europe and Clark’s nutcracker, N. columbiana, of the western U.S.

noun

  1. (often plural) a device for cracking the shells of nuts
  2. either of two birds, Nucifraga caryocatactes of the Old World or N. columbianus (Clark’s nutcracker) of North America, having speckled plumage and feeding on nuts, seeds, etc: family Corvidae (crows)
n.

also nutcracker, 1540s, from nut (n.) + agent noun from crack (v.).

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