chestnut

chestnut
chestnut [ches′nut΄, chest′nut΄]
n.
[< chesten-nut < ME chesteine < OFr chastaigne < L castanea < Gr kastaneia]
1. the smooth-shelled, sweet, edible nut of any of a genus (Castanea) of trees of the beech family
2. the tree that it grows on
3. the wood of this tree
4. HORSE CHESTNUT
5. reddish brown
6. a reddish-brown horse
7. the hard callus on the inner side of a horse's leg
8. Informal
a) an old, stale joke or phrase; cliché
b) a very familiar story, piece of music, etc. that is too often repeated
adj.
reddish-brown
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pull someone's chestnuts out of the fire
[cf. CAT'S-PAW] to do a dangerous, hard, or unpleasant thing for someone else

English World dictionary. . 2014.


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