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English noun: kernel

1. kernel (plant) the inner and usually edible part of a seed or grain or nut or fruit stone


SamplesBlack walnut kernels are difficult to get out of the shell.


Synonymsmeat


Broader (hypernym)plant part, plant structure


Part meronymseed

2. kernel (plant) a single whole grain of a cereal


SamplesA kernel of corn.


Broader (hypernym)caryopsis, grain


Narrower (hyponym)corn

3. kernel (cognition) the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience


SamplesThe gist of the prosecutor's argument.
The heart and soul of the Republican Party.
The nub of the story.


Synonymscenter, centre, core, essence, gist, heart, heart and soul, inwardness, marrow, meat, nitty-gritty, nub, pith, substance, sum


Broader (hypernym)cognitive content, content, mental object


Narrower (hyponym)bare bones, haecceity, hypostasis, quiddity, quintessence, stuff









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