A half of the edible portion of the inside of this nut.
Origin of pecan
North American French pacanefrom Illinois pakani
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 Creepakan (“hard nut"), Ojibwebagaan, Abenakipagann, bagÃ´n, pagÃ´n (“nut; walnut, hazelnut").
Pecan Sentence Examples
Pecan nuts are an increasingly important crop.
The English walnut, pecan, apple, apricot, pear and cherry are also cultivated.
It smelled sweet and spicy, a scent that always reminded him of pecan pie.
The beautiful live oaks and magnolias grow only in the south of the state; the holly in the lowlands; and the finest species of pecan, in the Delta.
Among nuts the native pecan is exceptionally abundant, the product (637,470 lb in 1899) being much greater than that of any other state save Texas.