noun hick·o·ry \ˈhi-k(ə-)rē\

: a type of tree that has very hard wood and that produces nuts which can be eaten

: the wood of a hickory tree

plural hick·o·ries

Full Definition of HICKORY

a :  any of a genus (Carya) of North American hardwood trees of the walnut family that often have sweet edible nuts
b :  the usually tough wood of a hickory
:  a switch or cane (as of hickory wood) used especially for punishing a child
hickory adjective

Origin of HICKORY

short for obsolete pokahickory, from Virginia Algonquian pawcohiccora food prepared from pounded nuts
First Known Use: 1670


geographical name Hick·o·ry \ˈhi-kə-rē\

Definition of HICKORY

city W cen North Carolina pop 40,010
HICKORY Defined for Kids


noun hick·o·ry \ˈhi-kə-rē, ˈhi-krē\
plural hick·o·ries

Definition of HICKORY for Kids

:  a tall tree that has strong tough wood and bears an edible nut (hickory nut) in a hard shell
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