Definitions for hickoryˈhɪk ə ri, ˈhɪk ri

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

hick•o•ryˈhɪk ə ri, ˈhɪk ri(n.)(pl.)-ries.

  1. any North American tree of the genus Carya, of the walnut family: some bear edible nuts or yield a valuable wood.

    Category: Plants

  2. the wood of any of these trees.

  3. a switch or stick of this wood.

Origin of hickory:

1670–80; earlier pohickery < Virginia Algonquian (E sp.) pocohiquara a milky drink prepared from hickory nuts

Princeton's WordNet

  1. hickory(noun)

    valuable tough heavy hardwood from various hickory trees

  2. hickory, hickory tree(noun)

    American hardwood tree bearing edible nuts


  1. hickory(Noun)

    Any of various deciduous hardwood trees of the genus Carya or Annamocarya.

  2. hickory(Noun)

    The wood of this tree.

  3. hickory(Adjective)

    Of or pertaining to the hickory tree or its wood.

  4. Origin: From Algonquin pawcohiccora.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hickory(noun)

    an American tree of the genus Carya, of which there are several species. The shagbark is the C. alba, and has a very rough bark; it affords the hickory nut of the markets. The pignut, or brown hickory, is the C. glabra. The swamp hickory is C. amara, having a nut whose shell is very thin and the kernel bitter


  1. Hickory

    Hickory is a type of tree, comprising the genus Carya. The genus includes 17–19 species of deciduous trees with pinnately compound leaves and big nuts. Five or six species are native to China, Indochina, and India, 11 or 12 are from the United States, two to four are from Canada and four are found in Mexico. Hickory flowers are small, yellow-green catkins produced in spring. They are wind-pollinated and self-incompatible. The fruit is a globose or oval nut, 2–5 cm long and 1.5–3 cm diameter, enclosed in a four-valved husk, which splits open at maturity. The nut shell is thick and bony in most species, and thin in a few, notably C. illinoinensis; it is divided into two halves, which split apart when the seed germinates. Beaked hickory is a species formerly classified as Carya sinensis, but now adjudged in the monotypic genus Annamocarya.


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