n. [For chesten-nut; OE.
chestein, chesten, chastein, chestnut, fr.
AS. cisten in cisten-beám chestnut tree,
influenced by OF. chastaigne, F. châtaigne,
both the AS. and the F. words coming from L. castanea a
chestnut, Gr. ka`stanon, fr. Ka`stana a
city of Pontus, where chestnut trees grew in abundance, and
whence they were introduced into Europe. Cf. Castanets.]
1. (Bot.) The edible nut of a forest
tree (Castanea vesca) of Europe and America. Commonly two
or more of the nuts grow in a prickly bur.
2. The tree itself, or its light, coarse-
grained timber, used for ornamental work, furniture,
3. A bright brown color, like that of the
4. The horse chestnut (often so used in
5. One of the round, or oval, horny
plates on the inner sides of the legs of the horse, and allied
6. An old joke or story.
Chestnut tree, a tree that bears
Chest"nut, a. Of the color of
a chestnut; of a reddish brown color; as, chestnut