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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]



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).
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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Denise Robson of Du Quoin received the award at the annual meeting of the Shagbark Council.
The roundtable discussion was hosted by Shagbark Seed and Mill, and roundtable participants included local farmers, the Ohio Farm Bureau, The Ohio State University Athens County extension, Rural Action, and ACEnet.
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.
Three days later, Lear finally ventured into the big whitetail's known haunt and staked out a spot for his Summit climber in a shagbark hickory on the back side of a ridge.
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.
Before heading into the field, the group gathered in the shade of a tree and sampled his "sumac-ade,'' a tasty, surprisingly sweet drink made from the berries of a non-poisonous variety of sumac; fruit roll-ups made from autumn olive, an invasive species that flourishes on roadsides and whose berries contain more of the nutrient lycopene than tomatoes; black walnuts; and nuts from the shagbark hickory, which tasted like pecans.
On my way to visit the buck, I would walk through the nut tree section, past the butternuts, the pecans, the wonderful shagbark hickories, the black walnuts, and even Chinese chestnuts, thinking this is where the American chestnuts should be.