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Noun: kernel  kur-n(u)l
  1. The inner and usually edible part of a seed, grain, nut or fruit stone
    "black walnut kernels are difficult to get out of the shell";
    - meat
     
  2. A single whole grain of a cereal
    "a kernel of corn"
     
  3. [Brit] The choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience
    "the kernel of the prosecutor's argument";
    - substance [Brit], core [Brit], center [Brit, US], centre [Brit, Cdn], essence [Brit], gist [Brit], heart [Brit], heart and soul [Brit], inwardness [Brit], marrow [Brit], meat [Brit], nub [Brit], pith [Brit], sum [Brit], nitty-gritty [Brit]

Sounds like: colonel

Derived forms: kernels

Type of: caryopsis, cognitive content, content, grain, mental object, plant part, plant structure

Part of: seed

Encyclopedia: Kernel