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Definition of kernel:

  1. A single seed or grain; as, a kernel of corn.
  2. A small mass around which other matter is concreted; a nucleus; a concretion or hard lump in the flesh.
  3. The central, substantial or essential part of anything; the gist; the core; as, the kernel of an argument.
  4. The essential part of a seed; all that is within the seed walls; the edible substance contained in the shell of a nut; hence, anything included in a shell, husk, or integument; as, the kernel of a nut. See Illust. of Endocarp.
  5. To harden or ripen into kernels; to produce kernels.


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