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 Wallsend Coals.Walnut Tree. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Wal’nut [foreign nut].
It comes from Persia, and is so called to distinguish it from those native to Europe, as hazel, filbert, chestnut. (Anglo-Saxon, walh, foreign; hnutu, nut.)   1
        “Some difficulty there is in cracking the name thereof. Why wallnuts, having no affinity to a wall, should be so called. The truth is, gual or wall in the old Dutch signifieth ‘strange’ or ‘exotic’ (whence Welsh. foreigners); these nuts being no natives of England or Europe, but probably first fetched from Persia, and called by the French nux persique.”—Fuller: Worthies of England.

 Wallsend Coals.Walnut Tree. 


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