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Almond Tree

Almond Tree; Almond. This word is found in Gen. 43:11; Ex. 25:33, 34; 37:19, 20; Num. 17:8; Eccles. 12:5; Jer. 1:11, in the text of the Authorized Version. It is invariably represented by the same Hebrew word, shaked, meaning hasten. Jer. 1:11, 12. The almond tree is a native of Asia and North Africa, but it is cultivated in the milder parts of Europe. “It resembles the peach tree in form, blossom and fruit. It is in fact only another species of the same genus.” The height of the tree is about 12 or 14 feet; the flowers are pink, and arranged for the most part in pairs; the leaves are long, ovate, with a serrated margin and an acute point. The covering of the fruit is downy and succulent, enclosing the hard shell which contains the kernel. It is this nut for which the tree is chiefly valued. It is curious to observe, in connection with the almond-bowls of the golden candlestick, that, in the language of lapidaries, almonds are pieces of rock crystal, even now used in adorning branch candlesticks.