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"kernel" in British English

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kernelnoun [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 ​wholeseed of the maizeplant

kernel noun [C] (IMPORTANT PART)

the most ​importantpart of something, ​although it might not always be ​easy to ​find: There is often a kernel of ​truth in what they say.
(Definition of kernel from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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kernelnoun [C]

 us   /ˈkɜr·nəl/
the ​ediblepart of a ​nut that is inside the ​shell, or the ​wholeseed of a ​grainplant: fig. There’s a kernel of ​truth in what he said (= some ​smallpart of it is ​true).
(Definition of kernel from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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