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Walnut \Wal"nut\, n. [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. valn["o]t, Dan valn["o]d. See Nut, and cf. Welsh.] (Bot.) 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.

Ash-leaved walnut, a tree ( Juglans fraxinifolia), native in Transcaucasia.

Black walnut, a North American tree ( Juglans nigra) valuable for its purplish brown wood, which is extensively used in cabinetwork and for gunstocks. The nuts are thick-shelled, and nearly globular.

English walnut, or European walnut, a tree ( Juglans regia), native of Asia from the Caucasus to Japan, valuable for its timber and for its excellent nuts, which are also called Madeira nuts.

Walnut brown, a deep warm brown color, like that of the heartwood of the black walnut.

Walnut oil, oil extracted from walnut meats. It is used in cooking, making soap, etc.

White walnut, a North American tree ( Juglans cinerea), bearing long, oval, thick-shelled, oily nuts, commonly called butternuts. See Butternut.

Carya (daughter of Dion)

In Greek mythology, Carya was a daughter of the Laconian king Dion and Amphithea, daughter of Pronax. Her sisters were Lyco and Orphe. Apollo, in reward for Dion and Amphithea receiving him with great reverence and hospitality, bestowed a gift of prophecy upon their daughters, but imposed a restriction that they should not betray gods nor search after forbidden lore.

Later, Dionysus also paid a visit to Dion's house and was received with equal hospitality; during his stay, he fell in love with Carya and lay with her secretly. He then left but, missing Carya, soon returned under pretext of consecrating a temple which Dion had built for him. But Lyco and Orphe, suspecting a love affair between Dionysus and their sister, guarded Carya to prevent her from having intercourse with the god. By doing so they committed a violation of the restrictions imposed by Apollo, so Dionysus, after several warnings and threats, drove the two sisters mad, in which state they ran off to Mount Taygetus, where they were transformed into rocks. Carya was changed by Dionysus into a walnut tree ( Greekkarya). From these circumstances later arose the local cult of Artemis Caryatis.

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I have need of your talents, carya,” he added, and explained what he wanted of her.