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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.