[nuht-krak-er] /ˈnʌtˌkræk ər/

an instrument or device for cracking the shells of .
any of several corvine birds of the genus Nucifraga that feed on , as the common nutcracker, N. caryocatactes, of Europe and , N. columbiana, of the western U.S.
(often pl) a device for cracking the shells of nuts
either of two birds, Nucifraga caryocatactes of the Old World or N. columbianus (Clark’s nutcracker) of North America, having speckled plumage and feeding on nuts, seeds, etc: family Corvidae (crows)

also nutcracker, 1540s, from nut (n.) + agent noun from crack (v.).


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