|1.||[ noun ] (chemistry,food) the flesh of animals (including fishes and birds and snails) used as food|
|Related terms:||foodstuff food pork beef mouton sausage game pemmican bird horsemeat lamb cut sausage_meat escargot cold_cuts variety_meat carbonado stew_meat dark_meat veal raw_meat jerky halal red_meat protein palmitic_acid au_jus|
|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 substance essence core heart sum heart_and_soul marrow pith nub inwardness nitty-gritty gist kernel|
: "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|