English noun: kernel
|1.||kernel (plant) the inner and usually edible part of a seed or grain or nut or fruit stone|
|Samples||Black walnut kernels are difficult to get out of the shell.|
|Broader (hypernym)||plant part, plant structure|
|2.||kernel (plant) a single whole grain of a cereal|
|Samples||A kernel of corn.|
|Broader (hypernym)||caryopsis, grain|
|3.||kernel (cognition) the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience|
|Samples||The gist of the prosecutor's argument.|
The heart and soul of the Republican Party.
The nub of the story.
|Synonyms||center, 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|