- any of a genus (Carya) of North American trees of the walnut family, with compound leaves, solid pith, and hard nuts
- the hard, tough wood of any of these trees
- a switch or cane as of this wood
- the nut of any of these treesusually hickory nut
Origin of hickorycontr. from 17th-c. pohickery (Virginian term) from Amerindian term recorded by Capt. John Smith as pawcohiccora, product made from crushed kernels of the nut
- Any of several chiefly North American deciduous trees of the genus Carya, having smooth or shaggy bark, pinnately compound leaves, and hard smooth nuts, each containing an edible seed and surrounded by a husk that splits into four valves.
- a. The tough, heavy wood of one of these trees.b. A walking stick or switch made from such wood.
Origin of hickoryShort for Virginia Algonquian pocohiquara drink made of pressed hickory nuts
- Of or pertaining to the hickory tree or its wood.