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kernel

noun [C] uk   /ˈkɜː.nəl/ us    /ˈkɝː-/

kernel noun [C] (PLANT PART)

the part of a nut that is inside the shell and can be eaten the whole seed of the maize plant

kernel noun [C] (IMPORTANT PART)

the most important part of something, although it might not always be easy to find: There is often a kernel of truth in what they say.
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