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pe·can(pĭ-kän′, -kăn′, pē′kăn)
1. A deciduous tree (Carya illinoinensis) of the central and southern United States, having deeply furrowed bark, pinnately compound leaves, and edible nuts.
2. The smooth, thin-shelled oval nut of this tree.
[North American French pacane, from Illinois pakani, nut, from Proto-Algonquian *paka·n-, large nut.]
1. (Plants) a hickory tree, Carya pecan (or C. illinoensis), of the southern US, having deeply furrowed bark and edible nuts
2. (Plants) the smooth oval nut of this tree, which has a sweet oily kernel
[C18: from Algonquian paccan; related to Ojibwa pagân nut with a hard shell, Cree pakan]
pe•can(pɪˈkɑn, -ˈkæn, ˈpi kæn)
1. a tall hickory tree, Carya illinoinensis, of the southern U.S. and Mexico, cultivated for its oval, smooth-shelled, edible nuts.
2. a nut of this tree.
[1765–75, Amer.; < Mississippi Valley French pacane < Illinois pakani < Proto-Algonquian *paka·n- nut (derivative of *pake·- crack nuts)]
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|Noun||1.||pecan - wood of a pecan tree |
Carya illinoensis, Carya illinoinsis, pecan tree, pecan - tree of southern United States and Mexico cultivated for its nuts
wood - the hard fibrous lignified substance under the bark of trees
|2.||pecan - tree of southern United States and Mexico cultivated for its nuts|
pecan - smooth brown oval nut of south central United States
pecan - wood of a pecan tree
nut tree - tree bearing edible nuts
|3.||pecan - smooth brown oval nut of south central United States|
edible nut - a hard-shelled seed consisting of an edible kernel or meat enclosed in a woody or leathery shell