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(ˈʃæɡˌbɑːk) or


1. (Plants) a North American hickory tree, Carya ovata, having loose rough bark and edible nuts
2. (Forestry) the wood of this tree, used for tool handles, fuel, etc
3. (Plants) the light-coloured hard-shelled nut of this tree
[C18: so called because of the texture of its bark]
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1. a hickory, Caryaovata, having a coarse, shaggy bark.
2. the rounded, ribbed, edible nut of this tree.
Also called shag′bark hick`ory (for defs. 1, 2).
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.shagbark - North American hickory having loose grey shaggy bark and edible nutsshagbark - North American hickory having loose grey shaggy bark and edible nuts
hickory nut - small hard-shelled nut of North American hickory trees especially the shagbark hickories
Carya, genus Carya - genus of large deciduous nut-bearing trees; United States and China
hickory tree, hickory - American hardwood tree bearing edible nuts
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to reports of an explosion that blew several windows and doors out of a building on the 0-100 block of East Shagbark Lane, according to a news release from the Streamwood Fire Department.
Other flavorful barks worth cultivating include the cinnamon-flavored CAROLINA ALLSPICE (Calycanthus floridus; the only part considered safe to eat is the inner bark, so caution is advised); SWEET BIRCH (Betula lenta); and SHAGBARK HICKORY (Carya ovata).
Oak hickory forests were dominantly red oak plus shagbark (Carya ovata Mill.) and pignut (Carya glabra Mill.) hickories; the dominant upland maple was sugar maple (Acer saccharum Marsh.), and red maple (Acer rubrum L.) was also present (Barnes and Wagner 2004).
Things like sideoats grama grass, Jerusalem artichoke, shagbark hickory, scarlet tanagers, five-lined skinks, massassaugas, chert and that Permian limestone.
Carya ovata, or the shagbark hickory, is a large deciduous tree with a distinctly fringed trunk that can live hundreds of years and grow up to 100 feet tall.
At one point Jay leans against a dead shagbark hickory, closes his eyes, and imagines you might hear a voice rising from the night and burrowing into your body.
The display incorporated bark and sculpted segments from a massive 150-year-old shagbark hickory tree that fell in a storm near Seneca Falls, N.Y.
COMMON NAMES: True Hickory Group: Hickory, shagbark, shellbark, mockernut, pignut Pecan Hickory Group: pecan, bitternut, water and nutmeg hickory.
arrived in town seated upon a two wheeled cart loaded with cucumbers, the whole affair propelled by a shagbark pony of French extraction.
We were able to identify keystone species on the ridges such as Quercus montana (chestnut oak) and Carya ovata (shagbark hickory).