|Origin:||cyrnel, from corn; CORN|
the part of a nut or seed inside the shell or the part inside the stone of some fruits
2 [usually singular]
one of the small yellow pieces on a corn cob
3 [usually singular]
the most important part of a statement, idea, plan etc [= core]
This evidence is the kernel of the defendants' case.
4 [usually singular]
a very small part or amount of something
There may be a kernel of truth in what he says.