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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.


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)


(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.
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
كَسّارة الجَوز والبُنْدُق
fındık/ceviz kıracağı


[ˈnʌtkrækəʳ] Ncascanueces m inv
The Nutcracker (Mus) → El Cascanueces


(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.
References in classic literature ?
He was not strong enough to throw it far and it only fell at her feet, but Mary's face looked as pinched as a nutcracker.
cried the admiral, angrily drumming on the table with the nutcrackers.
Pocket's lap, and gave it the nutcrackers to play with: at the same time recommending Mrs.
Pocket's falling into a discussion with Drummle respecting two baronetcies, while she ate a sliced orange steeped in sugar and wine, and forgetting all about the baby on her lap: who did most appalling things with the nutcrackers.
At the desert Emmy was gone out to superintend further domestic arrangements; Jos was in his great chair dozing over Galignani; Georgy and the new arrival sat close to each other--he had continued to look at her knowingly more than once, and at last he laid down the nutcrackers.
So happy 25th birthday, Nutcracker, and I'm sure there will be many more.
THE Nutcracker is one of the world's most popular classical ballets and a particular favourite at Christmas.
Billingham's Forum Theatre hosts The Nutcracker, performed by the Russian State Ballet and Opera House, on Friday, November 20.
NEW YORK -- It's not yet Christmas, but Debbie Allen has already gotten a nice present -- the Goldstar National Nutcracker Award.
The toymaker, Drosselmeyer, arrives with gifts for the children, including a drum for young Fritz and an elaborate Nutcracker figure for his sister, Clara.
The whole ballet tradition is inherently racist, so the traditional productions of Nutcracker can also be seen as racist.
RUGBY teeanger Esme Down has been chosen to take part in the Nutcracker Ballet.