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hick·o·ry

 (hĭk′ə-rē)
n. pl. hick·o·ries
1. 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.
2.
a. The tough, heavy wood of one of these trees.
b. A walking stick or switch made from such wood.

[Short for Virginia Algonquian pocohiquara, drink made of pressed hickory nuts.]

hickory

(ˈhɪkərɪ)
n, pl -ries
1. (Plants) any juglandaceous tree of the chiefly North American genus Carya, having nuts with edible kernels and hard smooth shells. See also pecan, pignut1, bitternut1, shagbark
2. (Plants) the hard tough wood of any of these trees
3. (Plants) the nut of any of these trees
4. (Clothing & Fashion) a switch or cane made of hickory wood
[C17: from earlier pohickery, from Algonquian pawcohiccora food made from ground hickory nuts]

hick•o•ry

(ˈhɪk 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.
2. the wood of any of these trees.
3. a switch or stick of this wood.
[1670–80; earlier pohickery < Virginia Algonquian (E sp.) pocohiquara a milky drink prepared from hickory nuts]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hickory - valuable tough heavy hardwood from various hickory treeshickory - valuable tough heavy hardwood from various hickory trees
hickory tree, hickory - American hardwood tree bearing edible nuts
wood - the hard fibrous lignified substance under the bark of trees
2.hickory - American hardwood tree bearing edible nutshickory - American hardwood tree bearing edible nuts
Carya, genus Carya - genus of large deciduous nut-bearing trees; United States and China
hickory - valuable tough heavy hardwood from various hickory trees
bitter pecan, Carya aquatica, water bitternut, water hickory - hickory of southern United States having many narrow leaflets and rather bitter nuts
brown hickory, Carya glabra, pignut, pignut hickory, black hickory - an American hickory tree having bitter nuts
bitter hickory, bitter pignut, bitternut, bitternut hickory, Carya cordiformis, swamp hickory - hickory of the eastern United States having a leaves with 7 or 9 leaflets and thin-shelled very bitter nuts
big shagbark, big shellbark, big shellbark hickory, Carya laciniosa, king nut, king nut hickory - hickory of the eastern United States resembling the shagbark but having a much larger nut
Carya myristicaeformis, Carya myristiciformis, nutmeg hickory - hickory of southern United States and Mexico having hard nutmeg-shaped nuts
Carya ovata, shagbark, shagbark hickory, shellbark, shellbark hickory - North American hickory having loose grey shaggy bark and edible nuts
big-bud hickory, black hickory, Carya tomentosa, mockernut, mockernut hickory, white-heart hickory - smooth-barked North American hickory with 7 to 9 leaflets bearing a hard-shelled edible nut
nut tree - tree bearing edible nuts
Translations

hickory

[ˈhɪkərɪ] Nnuez f dura, nogal m americano

hickory

n (= tree)Hickory(nussbaum) m; (= wood)Hickory(holz) nt
References in classic literature ?
Grandmother called my attention to a stout hickory cane, tipped with copper, which hung by a leather thong from her belt.
I am no scholar, and I care not who knows it; but, judging from what I have seen, at deer chases and squirrel hunts, of the sparks below, I should think a rifle in the hands of their grandfathers was not so dangerous as a hickory bow and a good flint-head might be, if drawn with Indian judgment, and sent by an Indian eye.
This done, pole, iron, and rope --like the Three Fates --remained inseparable, and Ahab moodily stalked away with the weapon; the sound of his ivory leg, and the sound of the hickory pole, both hollowly ringing along every plank.
Huck found a spring of clear cold water close by, and the boys made cups of broad oak or hickory leaves, and felt that water, sweet- ened with such a wildwood charm as that, would be a good enough substitute for coffee.
Severe, the overseer, used to stand by the door of the quarter, armed with a large hickory stick and heavy cowskin, ready to whip any one who was so unfortunate as not to hear, or, from any other cause, was prevented from being ready to start for the field at the sound of the horn.
I am not stuffed, you will observe; my body is good solid hickory.
One day, when my axe had come off and I had cut a green hickory for a wedge, driving it with a stone, and had placed the whole to soak in a pond-hole in order to swell the wood, I saw a striped snake run into the water, and he lay on the bottom, apparently without inconvenience, as long as I stayed there, or more than a quarter of an hour; perhaps because he had not yet fairly come out of the torpid state.
In the midst of this growing and important stress the broker became suddenly aware of a high-rolled fringe of golden hair under a nodding canopy of velvet and ostrich tips, an imitation sealskin sacque and a string of beads as large as hickory nuts, ending near the floor with a silver heart.
If I could only get the rod hidden," thought he, and began gently shifting it to get it alongside of him; "willowtrees don't throw out straight hickory shoots twelve feet long, with no leaves, worse luck.
He leaned lightly with one hand on a short hickory bow, while the other rather touched than sought support, from the long, delicate handle of an ashen lance.
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