hick·​o·​ry | \ ˈhi-k(ə-)rē How to pronounce hickory (audio) \
plural hickories

Definition of hickory

1a : 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
2 : a switch or cane (as of hickory wood) used especially for punishing a child

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hickory adjective

Examples of hickory in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Experiment with five options -- mesquite, apple, hickory, pecan and cherry -- in the Wood Chunk variety pack ($36.95). cleveland, 13 May 2022 The Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory Tree Ring Laboratory is about an hour’s drive north of New York City, in a forest dense with oak, pine, hickory, and maple. Rivka Galchen, The New Yorker, 6 May 2022 Wild indigo, river cane, wild onion, hickory, bloodroot and sage are among the species that members of the tribe can now gather at Buffalo National River, which was established in 1972 as the country’s first national river. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 22 Apr. 2022 For drier sites, consider Eastern redcedar, hackberry, pignut hickory, American persimmon, sumacs and hophornbeam. Miri Talabac, Baltimore Sun, 20 Apr. 2022 The service station-turned-smoke shack uses a blend of hickory, pecan, and peach woods to smoke their meats. Outside Online, 15 Mar. 2022 The hickory run usually ends by mid-May, by which time the run of white shad is well underway. Bill May, Baltimore Sun, 25 Apr. 2022 This new fish breaks the previous state record for hickory shad, which was caught in the same river just over a year ago. Michael Hollan, Fox News, 23 Mar. 2022 The enormous dry-rubbed wings are smoked over hickory hardwood for two hours and served with a tangy barbecue sauce. Kori Rumore, chicagotribune.com, 11 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of hickory

1670, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for hickory

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

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19 May 2022

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“Hickory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hickory. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for hickory


hick·​o·​ry | \ ˈhi-kə-rē How to pronounce hickory (audio) , ˈhi-krē \
plural hickories

Kids Definition of hickory

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

Hickory geographical name

Hick·​o·​ry | \ ˈhi-kə-rē How to pronounce Hickory (audio) \

Definition of Hickory

city in west central North Carolina population 40,010

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