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Language: Old English
Origin: cyrnel, from corn; CORN

kernel

noun
     
Related topics: Food Dish, Plants, Crops
ker‧nel [countable]
1DFFHBP 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]
kernel of
This evidence is the kernel of the defendants' case.
4 [usually singular] a very small part or amount of something
kernel of
There may be a kernel of truth in what he says.

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