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
Bud's, founded in 1952, is know for chargrilled hamburgers, which can be topped with the restaurant's signature hickory sauce.
The Kansas City-style ribs, smoked over hickory and post oak, were also a winner.
Eventually there forms a love triangle with a hapless Vietnamese twink named Tran (hickory smoked is so crazy).
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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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