hick·​o·​ry ˈhi-k(ə-)rē How to pronounce hickory (audio)
plural hickories
: any of a genus (Carya) of North American hardwood trees of the walnut family that often have sweet edible nuts
: the usually tough wood of a hickory
: a switch or cane (as of hickory wood) used especially for punishing a child
hickory adjective

Examples of hickory in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The clamor of the crowd must have been startling, too, as well as the commotion of bats among the oaks and hickories and the brilliance of the sky. Discover Magazine, 14 June 2024 Historically, Indigenous populations utilized cultural landscape burning to favor the presence of nut producing trees such as oaks and hickories, invigorate berry producing plants, and maintain open grassy meadows for hunting, farming, and other food gathering activities. Staff Report, Hartford Courant, 22 Mar. 2024 But the city park, a former centerpiece of the town that was once lined with towering oaks and hickories, and alive with a pool and ballfields and playgrounds, still looks like a big, vacant field with mangled tree stumps, empty concrete slabs, and a few piles of bricks from the old dugouts. Will Brantley, Field & Stream, 1 May 2024 Back in Arkansas, 20 more miles of riding, partly through the Mark Twain National Forest, where hardwood trees like oak and hickory offer a vibrant autumn backdrop, bring you to Eureka Springs. Cindy Hirschfeld, New York Times, 4 Oct. 2023 See all Example Sentences for hickory 

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Word History


short for obsolete pokahickory, from Virginia Algonquian pawcohiccora food prepared from pounded nuts

First Known Use

1670, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of hickory was in 1670

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“Hickory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hickory. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


hick·​o·​ry ˈhik-(ə-)rē How to pronounce hickory (audio)
plural hickories
: any of a genus of North American trees related to the walnut and having an edible nut with a hard shell
: the usually tough pale wood of a hickory

Geographical Definition


geographical name

Hick·​o·​ry ˈhi-kə-rē How to pronounce Hickory (audio)
city in west central North Carolina population 40,010

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