noun \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


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Pecan (Carya illinoinensis)—Grant Heilman Photography

Nut and tree (Carya illinoinensis, or illinoensis) of the walnut family, native to temperate North America. Occasionally reaching a height of about 160 ft (50 m), the tree has deeply furrowed bark and feather-shaped leaves. Pecan nut meat, rich and distinctive in flavour and texture, has one of the highest fat contents of any vegetable product and a caloric value close to that of butter. Pecan production is a considerable industry of the southeastern U.S., where pecan pie and pecan praline candy are traditional sweets.


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