Definition of hickory
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 : a switch or cane (as of hickory wood) used especially for punishing a child
Recent Examples of hickory from the Web
A brief marinade in balsamic vinegar and Worcestershire sauce adds subtle sweetness, color and flavor; a few drops of natural liquid hickory smoke underscore the aroma.
They often were made from the wood of ash trees, but could be made from maple, hickory or pine.
The cooks at George's prepare the meat entrees on a open pit with hickory logs.
The hickory-butter shrimp that Iron Grate debuted for Lent in spring have earned a permanent place on the regular menu, too.
The 80-pound bear cub that won the state’s heart Wednesday for getting lost in downtown Hickory is safely back in the woods.
Try finding ticket to his games in Hickory this weekend] The Hickory Crawdads sold out at least three of the four games against the Fireflies in late April.
Connecticut tarpon (hickory shad) can be found mixed in with schoolie striped bass.
Tops’ hardwood charcoal/green hickory smoked pork shoulders rival the best anywhere.
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Origin and Etymology of hickory
short for obsolete pokahickory, from Virginia Algonquian pawcohiccora food prepared from pounded nuts
First Known Use: 1670See Words from the same year
Definition of Hickory
city in west central North Carolina population 40,010
HICKORY Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of hickory for Students
: a tall tree that has strong tough wood and bears an edible nut (hickory nut) in a hard shell
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