hickory

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noun hick·o·ry \ˈhi-k(ə-)rē\

Definition of hickory

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hickories

  1. 1a :  any of a genus (Carya) of North American hardwood trees of the walnut family that often have sweet edible nutsb :  the usually tough wood of a hickory

  2. 2 :  a switch or cane (as of hickory wood) used especially for punishing a child

hickory

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Origin and Etymology of hickory

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


Hickory

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

Definition of Hickory

  1. city in west central North Carolina population 40,010


HICKORY Defined for English Language Learners

hickory

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Definition of hickory for English Language Learners

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

  • : the wood of a hickory tree


HICKORY Defined for Kids

hickory

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noun hick·o·ry \ˈhi-kə-rē, ˈhi-krē\

Definition of hickory for Students

plural

hickories

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


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