Pecan meaning

pĭ-kän, -kăn, pēkăn
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A deciduous tree (Carya illinoinensis) of the central and southern United States, having deeply furrowed bark, pinnately compound leaves, and edible nuts.
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The smooth, thin-shelled oval nut of this tree.
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An olive-shaped, edible nut with a thin, smooth shell.
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The North American tree (Carya illinoensis) of the walnut family on which it grows.
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A deciduous tree, Carya illinoinensis, of the central and southern United States, having deeply furrowed bark, pinnately compound leaves, and edible nuts.
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A smooth, thin-shelled, edible oval nut of this tree.
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A half of the edible portion of the inside of this nut.
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Origin of pecan

  • North American French pacane from Illinois pakani

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

  • Borrowed into English from the French word pacane and at first spelt paccan. The French word derives from an Algonquian word, perhaps Miami (Illinois) pakani. Compare Cree pakan (“hard nut"), Ojibwe bagaan, Abenaki pagann, bagôn, pagôn (“nut; walnut, hazelnut").

    From Wiktionary