noun pe·can \pi-ˈkän, -ˈkan; ˈpē-ˌkan\

: a nut that grows on a tall tree in the United States and Mexico and that can be eaten

Full Definition of PECAN

:  a large hickory (Carya illinoinensis syn. C. illinoensis) that has roughish bark and hard but brittle wood and is widely grown in the warmer parts of the United States and in Mexico for its edible nut
:  the wood of the pecan tree
:  the smooth oblong thin-shelled nut of the pecan tree

Origin of PECAN

American French pacane, from Illinois pakani
First Known Use: 1772

Other Food Terms

Reuben, calamari, chuck, curry, edamame, foie gras, hummus, leaven, nonpareil, peel
PECAN Defined for Kids


noun pe·can \pi-ˈkän, -ˈkan; ˈpē-ˌkan\

Definition of PECAN for Kids

:  an oval edible nut related to the walnut that usually has a thin shell and is the fruit of a tall tree of the central and southern United States


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