hick·o·ry | \ˈhi-k(ə-)rē \
plural hickories

Definition of hickory 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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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Hick·o·ry | \ˈhi-kə-rē \

Definition of Hickory (Entry 2 of 2)

city in west central North Carolina population 40,010

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Wildwood Grill Master Collection Planks and Smoking Chips ($25) Different woods—like the hickory, cherry, maple, cedar, and alder in this set—bring out different flavors. Bryan Rogala, Outside Online, "10 Products That Will Turn You Into a Grill Master," 13 July 2018 The hardwood stands include red and white oak, hickory and walnut. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Fulfillment on Gobbler's Ridge comes from more than just harvesting turkeys," 12 May 2018 Fill your chimney not with charcoal, but hardwood chunks (oak, hickory, apple, cherry and such, the sort sold at hardware stores for smoking). Steven Raichlen, New York Times, "Grilling Turns Back to an Ancient Fuel: Wood," 29 June 2018 The factory is fragrant with the smell of hickory, apple, pecan and mesquite wood, and the aroma of the spice blends. Jennifer Hiller, San Antonio Express-News, "Kiolbassa keeps a family sausage-making tradition alive," 28 May 2018 The Gran splitting axe has a beautiful hickory handle and feels sturdy in your hand. Emily Reed, Outside Online, "How to Build Your Perfect Car Camping Box," 12 June 2018 The Wildwood Grilling Plank Set includes 5-by-8-inch planks in cedar, alder, cherry, maple and hickory. Nedra Rhone, ajc, "10 great Father’s Day gift ideas," 7 June 2018 Best seller: Element 41 burger - Ohio grass fed beef, hickory smoked garlic mayo, Arcadian greens, roma tomatoes and pickles on a brioche bun. Staff, cleveland.com, "Comment here on cleveland.com court and crime stories for Tuesday, May 1, 2018," 1 May 2018 The winning hamburger features ground beef, bourbon smoked paprika, hickory smoked bacon, baby portabella mushrooms, onions, chipotle peppers in an adobo sauce, and melted provolone cheese, all served on a brioche bun. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "You have Louisville football tailgaters to thank for this decadent Derby Bourbon Burger," 26 Mar. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of hickory

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

: the wood of a hickory tree


hick·o·ry | \ˈhi-kə-rē, 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

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