1. A tropical South American evergreen tree (Bertholletia excelsa) having large round woody fruits containing edible oily three-sided seeds.
2. The seed of this tree.
(click for a larger image)Brazil nut
fruit capsule(background) and opened capsule (foreground) exposing hard-shelled seeds
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