pecan

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noun pe·can \pi-ˈkän, -ˈkan; ˈpē-ˌkan\

Definition of pecan

  1. 1 :  a large hickory (Carya illinoinensis syn. C. illinoensis) that has roughish bark and hard but brittle wood and is widely grown in the warmer parts of the United States and in Mexico for its edible nut

  2. 2 :  the wood of the pecan tree

  3. 3 :  the smooth oblong thin-shelled nut of the pecan tree

Origin and Etymology of pecan

American French pacane, from Illinois pakani


First Known Use: 1772


PECAN Defined for English Language Learners

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noun pe·can \pi-ˈkän, -ˈkan; ˈpē-ˌkan\

Definition of pecan for English Language Learners

  • : a nut that grows on a tall tree in the United States and Mexico and that can be eaten


PECAN Defined for Kids

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noun pe·can \pi-ˈkän, -ˈkan; ˈpē-ˌkan\

Definition of pecan for Students

  1. :  an oval edible nut related to the walnut that usually has a thin shell and is the fruit of a tall tree of the central and southern United States


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