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a. An implement used to crack nuts, typically consisting of two hinged metal levers between which the nut is squeezed.
b. A decorative, usually wooden statue or figurine, especially of a soldier or king, that has a hinged lever to open and close the mouth.
2. Either of two birds, Nucifraga caryocatactes of northern Eurasia or N. columbiana of western North America, that feed chiefly on the seeds of pine cones.
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1. (often plural) a device for cracking the shells of nuts
2. (Animals) either of two birds, Nucifraga caryocatactes of the Old World or N. columbianus (Clark's nutcracker) of North America, having speckled plumage and feeding on nuts, seeds, etc: family Corvidae (crows)
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(ˈnʌtˌkræk ər)

1. an instrument for cracking the shells of nuts.
2. either of two corvine birds of the genus Nucifraga that feed on pine nuts, N. caryocatactes, of N Eurasia, and N. columbiana, of W North America.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.nutcracker - a compound lever used to crack nuts opennutcracker - a compound lever used to crack nuts open
compound lever - a pair of levers hinged at the fulcrum
2.nutcracker - any of various small short-tailed songbirds with strong feet and a sharp beak that feed on small nuts and insectsnutcracker - any of various small short-tailed songbirds with strong feet and a sharp beak that feed on small nuts and insects
oscine, oscine bird - passerine bird having specialized vocal apparatus
European nuthatch, Sitta europaea - a kind of nuthatch
red-breasted nuthatch, Sitta canadensis - bluish-grey nuthatch with reddish breast; of northern coniferous forests
Sitta carolinensis, white-breasted nuthatch - bluish-grey nuthatch with black head and white breast; of eastern North America
3.nutcracker - speckled birds that feed on nuts
corvine bird - birds of the crow family
genus Nucifraga, Nucifraga - nutcrackers
Clark's nutcracker, Nucifraga columbiana - nutcracker of the western United States
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كَسّارة الجَوز والبُنْدُق
fındık/ceviz kıracağı


[ˈnʌtkrækəʳ] Ncascanueces m inv
The Nutcracker (Mus) → El Cascanueces
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(nat) noun
1. a fruit consisting of a single seed in a hard shell. a hazel-nut; a walnut.
2. a small round piece of metal with a hole through it, for screwing on the end of a bolt to hold pieces of wood, metal etc together. a nut and bolt.
ˈnutty adjective
1. containing, or tasting of, nuts. a nutty flavour.
2. a slang word for mad. He's quite nutty.
ˈnutcracker noun
(usually in plural) an instrument for cracking nuts open. a pair of nutcrackers.
ˈnutshell noun
the hard covering of a nut.
in a nutshell
expressed, described etc very briefly. I'll tell you the story in a nutshell.
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Living up to 1,500 years, the pines are a favored food source of grizzly bears and Clark's nutcrackers, and the high-elevation communities they create are critical for storing snowpack and then slowly releasing a steady flow of water downstream as the snow thaws.
Earlier tests looked for a version of mental number lines in animals by showing lines of objects to rhesus macaques, chickens and seed-caching birds called Clark's nutcrackers. First, the animals were positioned at the beginning of a line of objects, as if on a street corner looking down the block at the houses.
Everyday people who live in or near whitebark pine territory can help the cause by taking photographs and writing down observations about the changing health of high-altitude forests and the prevalence of Clark's nutcrackers, red squirrels and grizzly bears, each of which depends on the trees for sustenance.
Status of Clark's Nutcrackers on Cerro El Potosi, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.
From Arizona to British Columbia, the harvest season has arrived for Clark's nutcrackers.
In support of his theories, Hauser trots out a virtual menagerie--vervet monkeys, honeybees, Clark's nutcrackers, desert ants--and describes field observations and laboratory experiments intended to demonstrate aspects of their cognition.
Clark's Nutcrackers are principal seed dispersers for several western pines with large, wingless seeds: white-bark (Pinus albicaulis), limber, Colorado pinyon (Pinus edulis), singleleaf pinyon (Pinus monophylla) (for a review see Tomback and Linhart [1990] and references therein), and probably southwestern white in its northern range (Pinus strobiformis, Benkman et al.
Some, such as Douglas squirrels (Tamiasciurus douglasi) and Clark's nutcrackers (Nucifraga columbiana), collect seeds by cutting cones or opening cones before they are fully mature.
Arrive early to spy snow buntings and Clark's nutcrackers among the stunted limber pines; look for fox, coyote, and pygmy rabbit tracks in the snow.
Instead, these studies have focused on cone and seed characteristics that ease seed harvest and dispersal by birds, particularly Clark's nutcrackers (Nucifraga columbiana) (e.g., Vander Wall and Balda 1977; Tomback 1978, 1983; Lanner 1980, 1982; Tomback and Linhart 1990; but see Benkman et al.
In one of the more fascinating evolutionary developments, whitebark pine has developed a complete dependency on Clark's nutcrackers, which are their only source of seed dispersal.
Balda started studying pinyon jays and Clark's nutcrackers in the late 1960s.