pecan

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

Definition of pecan 

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

2 : the wood of the pecan tree The hardwood floor was made of pecan.

3 : the smooth oblong thin-shelled nut of the pecan tree bought some pecans to make a pie

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When ready to eat, top each serving with 1 tablespoon toasted pecans. Susan Selasky, ajc, "5 recipes to cool things down on hot days," 3 July 2018 This is the first year my young tree has had any pecans. Neil Sperry, San Antonio Express-News, "Once vincas succumb to fungus, that bed is dead to them," 22 June 2018 Peanuts or walnuts are good in place of the pecans. Jeanmarie Brownson, chicagotribune.com, "Perfect roast chicken for the perfect chicken sandwich," 2 Apr. 2018 Besides peaches, the truck also will be selling Georgia pecans. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Famous Georgia peach truck making pit stops across southern Michigan," 2 July 2018 China has imposed a 15 percent duty on a list of nuts, including pecans, bringing the tariff on the nut to 22 percent. Alex Soderstrom, ajc, "Georgia farmers face uncertainty as crop tariffs loom," 25 June 2018 When ready to eat, top each serving with 1 tablespoon toasted pecans. Susan Selasky, ajc, "5 recipes to cool things down on hot days," 3 July 2018 When ready to eat, top each serving with 1 tablespoon toasted pecans. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "5 recipes to cool things down on hot days," 27 June 2018 Sprinkle with 1 cup chopped pecans over and bake 20 minutes. Debbi Snook, cleveland.com, "Aggie's Maple Pecan Bars (recipe)," 7 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of pecan

1761, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pecan

American French pacane, from Illinois pakani

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pecan

noun

English Language Learners Definition of pecan

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

pecan

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

Kids Definition of pecan

: 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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