Pecan Definition

pĭ-kän, -kăn, pēkăn
pecans
noun
pecans
The North American tree (Carya illinoensis) of the walnut family on which it grows.
Webster's New World
An olive-shaped, edible nut with a thin, smooth shell.
Webster's New World
Synonyms:
Carya illinoinsisCarya illinoensispecan tree

Other Word Forms of Pecan

Noun

Singular:
pecan
Plural:
pecans

Origin of Pecan

  • 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

  • North American French pacane from Illinois pakani

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

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