Hickory definition

hĭkə-rē
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The nut of any of these trees.
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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.
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The tough, heavy wood of one of these trees.
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A walking stick or switch made from such wood.
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Any of a genus (Carya) of North American trees of the walnut family, with compound leaves, solid pith, and hard nuts.
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The hard, tough wood of any of these trees.
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A switch or cane as of this wood.
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Of or pertaining to the hickory tree or its wood.
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Any of various deciduous hardwood trees of the genus Carya or Annamocarya.
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(uncountable) The wood of these trees.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
hickory
Plural:
hickories

Origin of hickory

  • Short for Virginia Algonquian pocohiquara drink made of pressed hickory nuts

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • A shortening of pockerchicory/pokickery/pohickery., from an Algonquian language, probably Algonquin pawcohiccora.

    From Wiktionary