|1.||[ noun ] (botany) a single whole grain of a cereal|
: "a kernel of corn"
|Related terms:||grain corn|
|2.||[ noun ] (botany) the inner and usually edible part of a seed or grain or nut or fruit stone|
: "black walnut kernels are difficult to get out of the shell"
|Related terms:||plant_part seed|
|3.||[ noun ] the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience|
|Synonyms:||center core substance heart essence sum heart_and_soul meat pith nub marrow nitty-gritty inwardness gist|
: "the gist of the prosecutor's argument" "the heart and soul of the Republican Party" "the nub of the story"
|Related terms:||content stuff hypostasis haecceity bare_bones quintessence summate|